OIC to aid Rohingya
- Published: 12 Aug 2012 at 01.18
- Online news:
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Saturday announced it has received a green light from Myanmar to assist Muslim Rohingya displaced by sectarian violence.
It said Myanmar gave its agreement to the OIC following talks in Yangon on Friday between a delegation from the pan-Islamic body and President Thein Sein on the "deplorable humanitarian situation in Rakhine state."The delegation assured Thein Sein that Islamic humanitarian organisations were willing to provide aid to all residents of the strife-torn state.Saudi King Abdullah decided Saturday to grant $50 million to the Rohingya, the country's news agency SPA reported, describing them as victims of "several rights violations, including ethnic cleansing, murder, rape and forced displacement."Violence between Buddhists and Rohingya has left scores dead, with official figures showing that 80 people died from both sides in initial fighting in June.The entire state has been under emergency rule since early June with a heavy army and police presence.New York-based Human Rights Watch has accused Myanmar forces of opening fire on Rohingya, as well as committing rape and standing by as rival mobs attacked each other.Decades of discrimination have left the...
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