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Myanmar Crackdown: OIC Convenes, Urges Regime to Allow in UN Investigators
The world's largest Muslim organization called on Myanmar to allow United Nations [UN] investigators into a violence-stricken state in the country where the military and Buddhist mobs are conducting systematic brutality against minority Muslims.
The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC] made the call after an emergency meeting on the sidelines of a technology conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday.
Myanmar's military stepped up a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims on August 25, after dozens of police and border outposts in the northern state of Rakhine allegedly came under attack by an armed group that is said to be defending the rights of the Rohingya.
The Rohingya, who had already been under a military siege in Rakhine since October 2016, are being brutally killed, raped, or forced to leave their homes as their villages are being set on fire.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution His Eminence Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday censured the Burmese government for the violence, and said the OIC had to convene to discuss the crisis.
Myanmar's forces have been attacking Rohingya Muslims and torching their villages in Rakhine State since October 2016. The attacks have seen a sharp rise since August 25, following a number of armed attacks on police and military posts in the troubled western state.
The latest eruption of violence in Rakhine has killed more than 1,000 people, according to the UN.
International criticism of Myanmar's atrocities against Rohingya Muslims has been mounting, with protests around the world decrying the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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