Turkey urges Bangladesh to open doors for the Rohingya Muslims of Rakhine


Myanmar’s western Rakhine state faced violence on Friday. The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, urged Bangladesh to open their borders. He spoke at the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on the day of Eid celebrations, from the Mediterranean province of Antalya. He asked the neighboring country for aid and that they would offer all expenses for the refugees. He also said that they have mobilized the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. They are to hold a summit on the condition of Rakhine this year. The authorities are looking for a permanent solution for the lives of the people. None of the Muslim countries apart from Turkey showed sensitivity towards the situation in Myanmar.

When it is about humanitarian aid, Turkey comes 2nd after the USA. The USA is said to provide $6.3 billion while Turkey is just $3 million away. After the minister’s concern, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called several Muslim leaders all across the globe for intensified efforts towards solving the humanitarian crisis. He has so far spoken to the heads of 13 countries on Eid and conveyed his concerns about Rakhine. The Minister also spoke to the former U.N. Secretary General and now the head of Advisory Commission on Rakhine State Kofi Annan. 

Myanmar saw violence in 25th of August, as their security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya Muslims. They had tried to flee into Bangladesh, but they sealed off their borders. As per media reports, Myanmar’s security forces tried to displace thousands of Rohingya inhabitants and destroyed their houses with machine guns and mortars.

The region has been simmering in fright between the Buddhist and Muslim populations ever since the communal violence sparked in 2012. There was a security crackdown launched in October 2016 in Maungdaw (that has a majority of Rohingyas), and led to U.N. report on human rights violation by the forces in Myanmar. U.N. documented killing, mass gang-rape, brutal beating, and disappearance of people. Almost 400 Rohingyas have been killed at that time and the violence knows no end.