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OIC Requests Access to Burma

17 April 2013

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation is asking that a ministerial delegation be given a seat at the table as Burma grapples with ongoing religious tensions that have pitted Buddhists against Muslims in the Southeast Asian nation, AFP reported. OIC head Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said over the weekend that the persecution of minority Rohingya Muslims last year, and the rioting-related deaths of dozens of Muslims in March, was “unacceptable.” The pan-Islamic body also urged the UN Human Rights Commission to undertake a fact-finding mission in the country related to the violence.