PM urges OIC to ensure legal rights of Rohingyas
Published: 10:20 AM, 1 June 2019 Updated: 06:30 PM, 1 June 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; File Photo
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the OIC member states to formulate a comprehensive strategy to cope with the adverse changes of economy, ecology, and security, also seeking their help for filing cases with the International Court of Justice for ensuring Rohingyas’ legal rights.
She said, “In a world faced with challenges of economy, ecology, and security, the OIC has to devise a comprehensive strategy to meet adverse changes in the strategic spaces in which each of us operates as states.”
On Saturday, The Prime Minister was speaking on behalf of the Asia Group at the 14th Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) titled “Makkah Al Mukarramah Summit: Hand in Hand Towards the Future”, in the holy city of Makkah.
She said the OIC should be able to solve its own problems as it has more than a third of the world’s strategic resources and the majority of its youth.
Sheikh Hasina recalled the Abu Dhabi CFM (Conference of Foreign Ministers) which created a pathway to move the International Court of Justice for ensuring the legal rights of Rohingyas and addressing the question of accountability and Justice. “We thank the 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.
The Premier said Bangladesh has given shelter to more than 1.1 million forcibly displaced Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar despite resource constraints. “But their dignified return is still uncertain as Myanmar consistently fails to honor its promises to create a conducive environment for their return to Northern Rakhine,” she said.
About Bangladesh’s stand against terrorism, the Premier said, “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.”
In this context, she recalled her four-point formulae for the Muslim world as she declared in Riyadh Conference to stop terrorism.
The formulae included stop supply of arms, stop the flow of financing for terrorism, remove divisions within the Ummah, and pursue peaceful settlement of conflicts through dialogue.
The Premier congratulated the OIC’s initiatives to adapt with the 21st century, saying, “it is heartening to see OIC taking the much-needed path of reform and renovations to adapt itself with the twenty-first century.”
She, however, suggested giving values of Islam, fraternity, equality, and justice as demonstrated by Rasul-E-Kareem (S.A.) while adapting the changes.
About the Palestine crisis, the premier said OIC was conceived to get back the land and sovereign rights of our Palestinian brothers and sisters, safeguard, dignity and rights of the Ummah, and strengthen solidarity and cooperation amongst peoples of the Muslim world.
“But seven decades on — the Palestine question still persists, and our nations and communities still stand divided,” she lamented.