PV Desk : President M Abdul Hamid today sought OIC members’ intervention in protecting Myanmar’s ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims, saying repeated atrocities threatened their existence at home simultaneously exposing Bangladesh to great difficulty with burdens of huge number of hapless refugees.
“Bangladesh has given shelter to Rohingyas on a humanitarian ground,” he said while addressing the opening ceremony of the First Summit on Science and Technology of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the Palace of Independence at the Kazakhstan capital here.
He added: (But) I would like to draw your kind attention to the need for protection of the Rohingya Muslims, deprived of all rights, including citizenship, and faced with existential threat at repeated atrocities and displacements.”
The president said the Rohingya crisis “directly affected” Bangladesh as atrocities there forced the victims to flee their home in Myanmar’s Rakhine state while surges of refugees flooded territories in the neighbouring country.
President Hamid stressed the need for a collective effort to protect rights of this minority Muslim community in Myanmar.
The science summit drew the heads of nation and government of OIC nations to the Kazakh capital where the Bangladesh president also underscored the need for collective journey in Science and Technology to reach the Muslim world on a vantage ground of technology leadership in place of mere technology users.