On behalf of OIC Member States, I want to bring to the attention of the Council Human Rights situations of serious concern for the group, many of which have already been highlighted by the group in its statements in the general debates of Agenda Items 2 and 3.
OIC would reiterate that ‘Islamophobia’ is a serious concern for OIC. It has taken many dreadful forms including inter alia hate speech by some media groups, attacks on women wearing hijab, murder of innocents by cow vigilantes, negative profiling and negative campaigns against Muslims as well as OIC countries. We believe in bridge building and living in harmony on the concept of diversity of civilizations. Therefore, we urge that Islamophobia must be addressed as a cross cutting theme with special emphasis on women and children rights in all the thematic debates of the Council and work of OHCHR.
OIC is deeply concerned on the ongoing violence in Myanmar and the amplification in the humanitarian catastrophe which was foreseeable since October last year. Staggering number within few days has risen from 290,000 to more than 410000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries to take refuge. The reports of sexual violence, burning of houses, systematic and coordinated attacks on Rohingya Muslim villages and killings are alarming. We are seriously concerned about the safety and security of those left behind.
OIC wants to work with all the stakeholders including the Myanmar Government for resolving the crisis. Myanmar Government must show its willingness to constructively engage with the international community by allowing access to the Fact Finding Mission to Rakhine State. Without any further delay we expect the Myanmar Government:
- to immediately takes necessary measures to de-escalate the situation and ceases all atrocities against civilian Muslim Rohingya population and ensure their safety and security,
- to bring the perpetrators of violence against Rohingya Muslims to justice,
- to eliminate the root causes of the crisis such as inequality, justice and citizenship affecting the Rohingya Minority. In this regard, the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State must be expeditiously implemented in a specified time frame,
- to allow necessary humanitarian access for the Rohingya Muslim population in the Rakhine state, and the international community to provide adequate humanitarian assistance,
- to create favorable conditions for the sustainable return of Rohingya refugees from different countries to their homes.
The ongoing ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslim population is unacceptable. Not receiving any positive response from Myanmar Government to our statement again would push the OIC to explore other options and initiatives both within and outside the Council.
I thank you Mr. President.