Bangladesh has urged all OIC member states to contribute a voluntary fund to bear the legal expenses incurred by the legal firm and support the efforts of The Gambia.
“The Rohingya issue is a matter of continuous concern for Bangladesh, OIC and the world,” Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said while speaking at the annual coordination meeting in New York on Thursday.
In pursuant to the relevant CFM resolution, the OIC could bring the Myanmar government to the International Court of Justice in December 2019 for the allegation of violating human rights against Rohingyas under the Genocide Convention whereby the court unanimously issued provisional measures against Myanmar.
Momen said the law firm has issued invoices of around $6.5 million against an estimated total cost of $12 million.
So far a contribution of $2.775 million has been paid whereas Bangladesh, with its limited capacity, has already contributed $0.7 million to this cause.
“I appreciate the voluntary contribution and pledge of some countries but this sum is far from the amount to be paid to the legal firm as the first instalment. I urge all member states to commit to contribute generously to this cause,” Momen said.
He extended deep sympathy of his government for the victims of the devastating earthquake in Morocco and the flood in Libya and prayed for the quick recovery of the injured victims.
The foreign minister said the acts against Islam particularly the incidents in Sweden and Denmark are based on ignorance and fanatic thoughts.
Bangladesh appreciates the official position expressed by the ministers of foreign affairs of Sweden and Denmark to the OIC secretary general including their condemnation of the incident that had occurred in their countries and hopes that such engagement will continue which might help prevent the occurrence of similar incidents in the future, he said.
“As the members of the Muslim Ummah our destiny is one as are our burdens and responsibilities. Staying true to the teachings of the Holy Quran, we should embark on a path of showing better understanding and tolerance,” said the foreign minister.
“We should encourage dialogue and communication among nations and create an environment of peaceful coexistence exhibiting mutual respect,” he said.
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