UN adopts OIC-drafted resolution on Myanmar

Jeddah (OIC-UNA) � Member states of the United Nations on Thursday adopted a resolution condemning Myanmar's military campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state.

The resolution, drafted by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), was overwhelmingly endorsed by the UN General Assembly's Human Rights Committee. The text of the resolution was the result of intensive coordination among the OIC member states, particularly Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and Turkey.

The measure calls on Myanmar authorities to end the ongoing military operations in Rakhine state; allow full and unhindered access for aid workers; ensure the voluntary and sustainable return of refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes in safety and dignity; ensure full respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms for members of the Rohingya community; end all restrictions on their movements; and to ensure full access to health and medical services without any discrimination.

The resolution also calls on Myanmar government to fully implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State to allow reconciliation among all other communities living in Rakhine state and to commence a process of inclusive development meaningful for all communities, besides granting full citizenship rights to the Rohingya, based on a transparent due process including reviewing the 1982 Citizenship Law.

OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen thanked member states and the international community for their support of the resolution and commitment to alleviating the plight of the Rohingya community.

Source: International Islamic News Agency