News / Asia

OIC Delegation Greeted by Protests in Burma

Buddhist monks hold banners reading "OIC Get Out" as they protest against the arrival of a delegation from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, at the airport in Rangoon, Burma, Nov. 13, 2013.
Buddhist monks hold banners reading "OIC Get Out" as they protest against the arrival of a delegation from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, at the airport in Rangoon, Burma, Nov. 13, 2013.
VOA News
A delegation from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has been greeted with protests in Burma.

The group, including ministers from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Djubouti arrived Wednesday to assess the situation of Burma's minority Muslim community, which has been involved in clashes with Buddhists in western Rakhine State.

Hundreds of Buddhists, including dozens of monks, demonstrated outside the Rangoon airport, accusing the OIC of being biased in favor of the country's minority Muslim community. The protest took place peacefully.

A spokesman for Burmese President Thein Sein, Ye Htut, told VOA's Burmese service the visit will have a very narrow focus.

"The visit is not about, as the news is spreading out, opening an OIC branch office in Burma and recognizing "Bengalis" as an ethnic nationality under the name of "Rohingya". We have arranged this visit for them to simply witness the situation of peace and stability and reconstruction in Rakhine State."

He was referring to a controversy over the name of Muslims in Rakhine State. The government calls them "Bengali" because most came from neighboring Bangladesh several generations ago. But the local Muslims want to be identified as a specific ethnic minority called Rohingya.

Violence last year between Muslims and Buddhists left more than 200 dead and more than 100,000 homeless, mostly from the minority Rohingya community.

Ye Htut says the OIC delegation will meet with Burmese officials starting Thursday, but they will not hold talks with President Thein Sein. The OIC told VOA last week that its delegation would meet with Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. But her National League for Democracy says no such meeting will take place.

(This report was produced in collaboration with the VOA Burmese service.)

You May Like

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said To Be Improving

Experimental drugs have been tried on six people: three Westerners and now, three African pyhysicians More

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities residents rebuild their lives, but many say everyone is being treated with suspicion More

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

Girls learn to object; FGM practitioners face penalties from jail sentences to stiff fines More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Richard from: US
November 18, 2013 11:49 PM
OIC should seek the right solution regarding the root causes of today illegal Rohingya issues with Bangladesh . It is a foolish decision that OIC picked up Burma and tried to force upon Burma regarding the issues of citizenship for its 800,000 Rohingya .
In fact It is not Burma problem, it is Bangladesh problem. If Burma accept these illegal Rohingya as Burma citizen, there are millions waiting to flood Burma and boat people from Bangladesh ,south east Asia will not disappear and Australia government is already know that and put in preventive measure in place, yet international community is pressuring Burma to take in all of the illegal people in Burma to save Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. Here is logic question, why are not these people run to Bangladesh which is much closer and safer than crossing Indian ocean to go to Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia? They already speak Bangladesh language. At least be honest with the international community. Burma has been unfairly painted as evil society by these people.


by: Richard from: US
November 16, 2013 8:47 PM
OIC has never once tried to solve the
similar problems between the Muslims and Buddhists
in neighbouring Bangladesh where the 60-years long
Buddhist Genocide has been going on so long at
such intensity that Buddhist population there has
been reduced from a substantial 20% in the 1950s
to a negligible 0.7% today.Something very similar
to what Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu's Turkey did to her
1.5 million Armenians in now almost forgotten 1915
Armenian Genocide.
Now the Islamists want Burma to let those
Bengali-Muslims come into Burma and wipe-out the
Buddhist population here as in Bangladesh.
Rohingya are trying to dominate Arakan State by
their Rohingya human population explosion . .
UN, OIC ,HRW,INGO,NGO and world communities should
not have blind eyes on Rohingya human population
explosion and this is the real threat in Burma.
The only solution is to resettle all Rohingya to OIC
countries.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improvingi
X
Carol Pearson
August 19, 2014 11:43 PM
The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.
Video

Video For Obama, Racial Violence is Personal Issue

The racial violence in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is presenting U.S. President Barack Obama with an issue to which he has a deep personal connection. To many Americans, Obama's election as America's first black president marked a turning point in race relations in the United States, and Obama has made ending the violence a policy priority. On Monday he issued a new call for calm and understanding. Luis Ramirez reports from the White House.
Video

Video Clinton-Obama Relationship Could Impact 2016 Election

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a long and complicated relationship. That relationship took another turn recently when Clinton criticized the president’s foreign policy. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports there is renewed attention on the Clinton-Obama relationship as Hillary Clinton considers running for
Video

Video Iran Looks to Maintain Influence in Baghdad With New Shia PM

Washington and Tehran share the goal of stopping Syrian-based militants in Iraq. But experts say it's Iran, not the United States, that will most influence how the new government in Baghdad approaches internal reforms and the war in Syria. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.

AppleAndroid