Foreign ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will meet in Kuala Lumpur next week to discuss the Rohingya Muslim crisis, New Straits Times Online reported on Wednesday.
Fifty-six OIC representatives are expected to attend the meeting scheduled on January 19 chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Najib recently called on Myanmar to stop the genocide of Rohingya Muslims. In November, the Malaysian government summoned Myanmar ambassador to KL while about 500 Rohingya and Malaysians protested outside the Myanmar embassy.
The government in Myanmar refuses to recognize the Rohingya as one of the country’s ethnic minorities, instead describing them as Bengalis or illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh even though many of them have lived in Myanmar for generations.
There has been a large exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar’s northern state of Rakhine after the Burmese military launched an offensive to hunt down insurgents following deadly raids on police border posts three months ago.
Rohingya escaping from the the fighting have given harrowing accounts of abuses by Burmese security forces.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)