Dhaka – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the leaders of Islamic states to help filing cases with the International Court of Justice to ensure legal rights of Rohingya Muslims being persecuted for decades in Myanmar.
While speaking at the 14th summit of the Organsation on Islamic Cooperation, Hasina, who led the Asian group, in Makkah on Saturday also called the member states to formulate strategy to cope with new world order where adverse changes of economy, ecology and security are remarkable.
The title of this year’s OIC conference, being held in Saudi Arabia, is “Makkah Al Mukarramah Summit: Hand in Hand Towards the Future”.
Referring to Bangladesh’s efforts to shelter more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims, who were driven way from their homes in Myanmar because of their ethnicity, the Bangladeshi Prime Minister said these people deserve their rights to be restored.
Nearly 750,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh since August 2017 after the Myanmar military launched a crackdown on the minority group in northern Rakhine state.
Hasina said their dignified return is uncertain as “Myanmar consistently fails to honour its promises to create an environment conducive for their return to Northern Rakhine.”
The OIC should be able to solve its own problems as it has more than a third of the world’s strategic resources and majority of its youth, Hasina said.
She recalled the Abu Dhabi Conference of Foreign Ministers which created a pathway to move the International Court of Justice for ensuring the legal rights of Rohingya and addressing the question of accountability and Justice.
“We thank Gambia for steering the process this far… we make an appeal to the OIC member states to support launching the cases with voluntary funding and technical help,” she said.
Hasina called the OIC members to stand firm against terrorism as Bangladesh did.
“As Bangladesh does, let us pursue a course of zero tolerance to terror, deny our territories for use by any individual or group for launching any terror and extremist agenda and fight it together.”
She recalled her four-point formulae for the Muslim world – pronounced in Riyadh Conference to stop terrorism.
The formulae included stop supply of arms, stop flow of financing for terrorism, remove divisions within the Ummah (Muslims), and pursue peaceful settlement of conflicts through dialogue.
She suggested giving values of Islam, fraternity, equality and justice as demonstrated by Prophet Muhammad while adapting the changes.