PM seeks OIC’s strategy to face adverse changes of economy, security

MAKKAH, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the

OIC member states to formulate a comprehensive strategy to cope with the

adverse changes of economy, ecology and security, also seeking their help for

filing cases with the International Court of Justice for ensuring Rohingyas'

legal rights.

In a world faced with challenges of economy, ecology and security, the OIC

has to devise a comprehensive strategy to meet adverse changes in the

strategic spaces in which each of us operates as states, she said.

The prime minister was speaking on behalf of the Asia Group at the 14th

Summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) titled Makkah Al

Mukarramah Summit: Hand in Hand Towards the Future, in the holy city of


She said the OIC should be able to solve its own problems as it has more

than a third of the world's strategic resources and majority of its youth.

Sheikh Hasina recalled the Abu Dhabi CFM (Conference of Foreign Ministers)

which created a pathway to move the International Court of Justice for

ensuring the legal rights of Rohingyas and addressing the question of

accountability and Justice.

We thank Gambia for steering the process this far we make an appeal to

the OIC member states to support launching the cases with voluntary funding

and technical help, she said.

The premier said Bangladesh has given shelter to more than 1.1 million

forcibly displaced Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar despite resource constraints.

But their dignified return is still uncertain as Myanmar consistently

fails to honour its promises to create a conducive environment for their

return to Northern Rakhine, she said.

About Bangladesh's stand against terrorism, the premier said, As

Bangladesh does, let us pursue a course of zero tolerance to terror, deny our

territories for use by any individual or group for launching any terror and

extremist agenda and fight it together.

In this context, she recalled her fourpoint formulae for the Muslim world

pronounced in Riyadh Conference to stop terrorism.

The formulae included stop supply of arms, stop flow of financing for

terrorism, remove divisions within the Ummah, and pursue peaceful settlement

of conflicts through dialogue.

The premier congratulated the OIC's initiatives to adapt with the 21st

century, saying, it is heartening to see OIC taking much needed path of

reform and renovations to adapt itself with the twentyfirst century.

She, however, suggested giving values of Islam, fraternity, equality and justice as demonstrated by RasulEKareem (S.A.) while adapting the changes.

About the Palestine crisis, the premier said OIC was conceived to get back the land and sovereign rights of our Palestinian brothers and sisters, safeguard, dignity and rights of the Ummah, and strengthen solidarity and cooperation amongst peoples of the Muslim world.

But seven decades on the Palestine question still persists, and our nations and communities still stand divided, she lamented.

Sheikh Hasina said Islam which came as harbinger of light to a dark world is now wrongly perceived with ideology of extremism and violence because of its misinterpretations.

Recalling the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, she said Bangladesh extends sympathies and solidarity to the bereaved families of the ChristChurch attacks.

We also condemn the terror attacks in Sri Lanka, which saw the death of one of my grandchildren the eightyearold Sheikh Zayan.

The premier said Bangladesh share the pain and agony of helpless people of Palestine, Syria, and elsewhere getting mercilessly murdered every day.

Describing poverty as the biggest challenges, she said it is both a cause and a consequence of ignorance, disasters and erosion of human values.

We've to implement the 'OIC2025: Programme of Action' through joint Islamic action to address this anomaly, she said

We should make the best use of OIC institutions like the Islamic Development Bank by synchronising their policies and practices with OIC agenda under the Programme, she continued.

Sheikh Hasina requested the OIC member countries to give their valuable support for Bangladesh candidate an expert in migration studies and action Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque for the post of Deputy Director General of International Organisation for Migration.

She recalled with the most profound respect, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman whose bold vision for a revival of the Muslim world as an abode of peace, tolerance and compassion keeps inspiring us till date.

The premier invited all to participate in turning the Islamic University of Technology (IUT), which Bangladesh is hosting, into a centre of excellence.

Incubation of ideas and innovations into marketable products and services is what Islamic world needs today, she said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)