Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) URGE MYANMAR TO ALLOW DELEGATION

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has asked Myanmar to permit a ministerial delegation to visit the country in a bid to discuss the recent outbreak of violence against Muslims. 

 In a Sunday statement issued following its meeting in Saudi Arabia, the 57-member body also urged the UN Human Rights Commission to send a fact-finding mission to the Southeast Asian country.
The statement urged Myanmarese authorities to “strongly respond to the organization’s appeal and allow a ministerial OIC delegation to visit” the country.
In March, more than 40 people were killed and a number of mosques and homes of Muslims were burned in central Myanmar, indicating a rise in the persecution of Muslims in the country. 
Myanmar’s Islamic Religious Affairs Council and the Myanmar Muslim National Affairs Organization later appealed to the government of President Thein Sein to take swift action to stop the ‘violent attacks.’ 
The latest incident of violence had apparently occurred after a row between a Muslim gold shop owner and Buddhist customers in the town of Meiktila. 
According to media reports on Friday, a court in Myanmar sentenced the gold shop owner, his wife and an employee to 14 years in prison with hard labor for hitting the Buddhist customers in an argument over a gold hairpin.

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