The burial of 409 victims of a 1995 massacre of Bosnian Muslims by Bosnian Serbs in Srebrenica is a grim reminder that the last few decades have not been good for the Muslim world. Though the Serb leaders Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic are both on trial at the Hague for crimes against humanity, at the time, not even UN protection could stop the genocide from happening.

And today the situation seems similar. UN Ambassadors of OIC members called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Thursday, to persuade him to put pressure on the Myanmar government to stop the killings of Rohingya, which were first dismissed as a conspiracy, but then with mounting evidence found voices of protest around the globe.

Djibouti Ambassador Roble Olhaye, who heads the OIC at the UN, characterised the massacre of the Rohingyas as ethnic cleansing. That is precisely what was attempted during the 1995 massacre. Another significant point of resemblance is that both Bosnian Muslims and Rohingyas are well integrated, speaking the same language and living the same lifestyles as their Serb or Myanmarese neighbours.

However, Muslims the world over are increasingly uncertain about whether the specter of terrorism has meant that legitimate concerns and fears of the Muslim world are doomed to go unaddressed. The OIC seems unable to take any action beyond passing resolutions at its summits, thus leaving the Rohingya to their fate, undefended against the Myanmarese majority, which has not just killed 200, but left 140,000 displaced. In March alone, 44 people were killed.

These are the nascent days of a genocide. So far it appears that the only satisfaction for the victims families will be years down the road, when maybe, a trial at the Hague will hold to account the present day Myanmar government, and even call in Aung Sunn Kyui for testimony, as to why the renowned human rights defender is so damningly silent on the issue on Rohingya genocide.

Unfortunately, it is not just Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries, but also minority sects, such as the Hazara, and non-Muslim minorities, in overwhelmingly Muslim countries like Pakistan, that are at risk. The Muslim world needs to undergo a period of introspection about the external violence it cannot protect itself against, and the bigotry that those within its fold perpetrate against their fellow man. One cannot be condemned without the other being addressed.

Self correction may be uncomfortable, but tremendously valuable exercise in the life of any nation. In this is our strength, for internal betterment, as well as protection from external threats.