Buddhists oppose OIC visit to Myanmar

12 November 2013 11:35
(QHA) - Hundreds of Buddhists in Rangoon and the Arakan State capital of Sittwe are planning to protest against a visit to Myanmar by a high-level delegation from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) this week, according to World Bulletin. As reported, tens of thousands of Muslims are living in temporary camps for more than a year. Tensions in the area remain high, and rights groups say the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority continue to face abuses and restrictions. Tun Hlaing, an Arakanese activist, said he is organizing a protest against the OIC when they arrive in Sittwe, reported the Irrawaddy. “We heard that they will fly here on November 14." We have organized for about 1,000 people to protest at the airport in Sittwe,” he said. “We condemn their trip because we don’t need them to visit to solve our conflict.” The delegation, which will include seven foreign ministers and senior officials from the OIC member countries, will meet top government officials as well as political leaders of Myanmar. In their bid to find a lasting solution to the Rohingya Muslim minority in the Buddhist-dominated Asian country, the Muslim leaders will also hold talks with Buddhist parliament members and leaders of Rohingya community, according to OIC sources. Note: The Rohingya people are an ethnic group of Myanmar who practice Islam and speak Rohingya language. According to the United Nations, they are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.