OIC should review ties with Myanmar

DESPITE outcry by just-minded nations of the world over genocide of Muslims in Rakhine State of Myanmar, there is no let up in violence against Rohingyas both at the hands of extremists and the government forces. Latest reports suggest that Myanmar was mining its border with Bangladesh to ensure that over 125,000 Rohingyas, who were pushed to BD in the face of extinction, do not return, which speaks volumes to what extent the Myanmar government is ready to go to resolve the problem through coercive means.
The entire world is demanding an immediate halt to persecution of Muslims in Rakhine State but strangely enough, India, which claims to be the largest democracy is lending a helping hand to Myanmar to stave off the world pressure. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it a point to visit Myanmar at a time when rights of Rohingyas were being trampled and no other world leader would undertake visit to Myanmar as it would amount to encouraging Myanmar authorities in their repressive policy. Modi’s remarks “share your concerns about extremist violence in Rakhine State and specially the violence against security forces and how innocent lives have been affected” were full of venom against Muslims. But one could not expect anything else from ‘Butcher of Gujarat’ who is also responsible for crimes against humanity in Occupied Kashmir. It is, however, to be remembered by policy-makers in Myanmar that if Modi is failing in Occupied Kashmir, they cannot win in Rakhine through use of brutal force. Aung San Suu Kyi cannot camouflage genocide of Rohingyas by claiming that the anger and condemnation of the world is fuelled by ‘a huge iceberg of misinformation’. The entire world including independent media of different countries and human rights organisations have no enmity with Myanmar when they highlight tales of brutalities of Myanmar forces against defenceless Muslims. Her callous view of the Rohingya issue is a slap on the face of the Nobel Prize for Peace as Myanmar’s Rohingya are the world’s largest stateless minority and have lived under apartheid-like restrictions on their movement and citizenship for years. The situation is unlikely to change until and unless strong diplomatic moves are initiated by the world community especially the OIC to force Myanmar to change its policy. OIC should seriously consider severing of all sorts of ties by its member states with Myanmar besides taking measures for relief and rehabilitation of displaced Rohingyas.

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