MYANMAR BURMA: OIC’s representatives arrive in the capital of Myanmar



An 11-member delegation led by secretary-general Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu and party from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) visited Nay Pyi Taw, the administrative capital of Myanmar, on November 13.

The international media said that the OIC’s representatives will meet with the senior officials of the government in Nay Pyi Taw and they will tour on Friday to Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, where they are going to observe the current situation of the Bengalis.

Later, the OIC delegates will meet with Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday and they will leave for home on next day.

President’s spokesperson Ye Htut told Eleven Media on Tuesday that the OIC delegation has no plan to meet with President Thein Sein during their visit.

He added that the OIC officials will also meet with the members of Rakhine State Peace and Development Central Committee and the members of parliament.

The visiting OIC members will not only observe the rehabilitation tasks in Rakhine State but also meet with the leaders of the two sides to mediate.

“OIC officials have no plan to meet with the president. Their visit has nothing to do with opening an OIC office. The purpose is to help address the Rakhine conflict and study the resettlements there. They will not meet the Islamic members either. They will meet with the Rakhine nationals,” said Ye Htut, who once argued that the OIC didn’t need to intervene in the Rakhine issue.

The OIC is an international Islamic organisation consisting of 57 members and is the largest international organisation after the United Nations. Established on September 25, 1969,

Organisation of Islamic Corporation aims to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world. It also aims to promote international peace and security by strengthening solidarity among Islamic countries.

On August 5, 1990, the OIC did not sign on the UN Human Rights Declaration but made the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights that is in accordance with the Islamic Sharia Law.


45-member states of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC, now Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) adopted the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI) on 5 August 1990 which, despite its claim to be a general guidance for member states of the OIC and complement the UDHR, undermines many of the rights the UDHR is supposed to guarantee. When implemented, the CDHRI essentially removes the universality that underpins the UDHR, providing the 45 signatories and all of their citizens with a set of human rights based on an undefined interpretation of Shari’a law. The CDHRI clearly limits the rights enshrined in the UDHR and the International Covenants and cannot be viewed as complementary to the Universal Declaration.

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