OIC sends fact-finding mission to Myanmar

AP News
Posted: Sep 06, 2012 4:58 AM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has sent a team to investigate deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims that sparked allegations of human rights violations against the minority Muslim community.

The fact-finding team arrived Thursday for a 10-day visit ahead of a trip planned by OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

The 57-nation OIC said it will present its findings at the upcoming U.N. General Assembly.

Fighting between Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state in June left 80 people dead and displaced tens of thousands.

Human rights groups have accused government troops of committing "atrocities" in attempts to restore order.

A government spokesman, Ko Ko Hlaing, welcomed the visit as a way to clear up "misperceptions." He added, "the Muslim world has expressed concern ... mainly because of misinformation."