Chittagong, Bangladesh: The Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense called on November 18, to the international community to take urgent steps to end injustice and protect human rights, ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma, according to a statement of the Saudi Press Agency.
The Cabinet – Chaired by CrownPrince Salam Bin Abdul Aziz – was briefed on a report about the situation of Rohingya Muslims in the restive Arakan state of Burma which sheds light on the campaigns of ethnic cleansing as well as the criminal acts to displace the Rohingya Muslim minority from their homeland, according to Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdulaziz Khoja.
The Cabinet highlighted the efforts of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to persuade the authorities in Burma to address the problems faced by the Rohingya Muslim minority with regard to human rights, citizenship, and economic opportunities, said Khoja.
The Saudi Arabia proud for selecting as a member of the UN Human Rights Council by the General Assembly for three years for a third term which efforts in strengthening justice, equality and the protection of human rights at the local and international levels as well as its firm position on human rights issues in the world, the Cabinet noted.
OIC secretary general, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, expressed disappointment over the failure of the international community to take action to stop the massacres, violations, oppression and ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the government of Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslims.
The OIC has directed its offices at the United Nations in New York to urge the Council to look into the suffering of the Rohingya minority, quoted in a statement issued by the 57-member organization.
The violent incidents taking place in Burma against the Muslims were “ethnic cleansing, said Ali al-Salem al-Dekbasi, the Speaker of the Arab Parliament, on November17.
“Thousands of Muslims in Burma face massacre, genocide and ethnic cleansing. I call on all Muslim leaders to urgently intervene in the incidents,” al-Dekbasi said.
“I call on the Burmese authorities to arrest those responsible for the attacks against the Muslims. All those responsible should be tried by the International Criminal Court,” al-Dekbasihe added.