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4 January, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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ROHINGYA CRISIS

OIC team to visit Cox’s Bazar today

Diplomatic Correspondent

A delegation of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), one of the principal statutory organs of the body comprising 57 Muslim majority countries, will undertake a two-day visit to Cox’s Bazar today to ascertain the situation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, who had fled from their homes in Rakhine to escape the atrocities of the Myanmar security forces, local Buddhist mobs and people of different ethnic groups.

The 13-member delegation, led by Dr Rashid Bin Hamed Al-balushi, arrived in the capital on Tuesday on a five-day visit. According to the foreign ministry, the delegation yesterday held separate meetings with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam. The delegation praised the people of Bangladesh for hosting the Rohingyas, adding that the team will leave Bangladesh on January 6.

Meanwhile, a press release posted on IPHRC website, said the visit is undertaken to ascertain the human rights situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

“Despite repeated requests by the IPHRC, Myanmar authorities did not allow to undertake a fact-finding visit on the human rights situation faced by the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State. In the absence of a positive response from the Myanmar Government, the IPHRC has decided to visit Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox Bazar (Bangladesh) and acquire first-hand information on the state of human rights violations faced by them in Myanmar for preparing an objective report on the subject,” it said.

“IPHRC has routinely pronounced its strong concerns and condemnation on the state of human rights violations faced by the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar at all relevant UN forums”, it added.

The IPHRC delegation will be accompanied by officials from relevant departments of the OIC general secretariat including the minorities, information and humanitarian affairs. These officials will discuss humanitarian needs and other issues of concern with the relevant authorities in Bangladesh and present their report to the OIC secretary general. A detailed report both on the human rights situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and their urgent humanitarian needs will also be presented to the upcoming OIC council of foreign ministers scheduled to take place later this year in Dhaka.

 

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