OIC to form ministerial body over Rohingya issue


MNA Exclusive Desk: The Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has decided to establish an OIC ministerial committee on accountability for crimes against the Rohingya.

The decision came after Gambia proposed for such a committee to mobilise and coordinate international political support for accountability for international crimes against the Rohingya.

“We are working with Gambia and any other countries can join us. We will come up with a proper formula for establishment of this kind of committee and this will be circulated by OIC secretariat later on,” said Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, the current chair of OIC Council Foreign Ministers (CFM).

The proposal was placed at a special session on “humanitarian challenges of the OIC countries, including those relating to the Rohingya” on the second day of OIC-CFM meeting this morning.

Gambian Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubacarr Tambadou in his proposal said the task of the ministerial committee would be to collaborate with other international actors, including the UN, International Criminal Court and NGOs to sustain international political pressure for accountability efforts.

It will also act as OIC focal point and assist in information gathering and evidence collection for accountability purposes, he told the session, reported news agency.