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OIC team visits Rohingya camps from today

By UNB, DHAKA
03rd-Jan-2018       
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A delegation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will visit the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar district for four days from Wednesday to acquire first-hand information on the state of human rights violations faced by Rohingyas in Myanmar for preparing an objective report on the issue.
During the visit to Cox's Bazar, the officials from the OIC General Secretariat will discuss humanitarian needs and other issues of concern with the relevant authorities in Bangladesh and present their report to OIC Secretary General Dr Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen.
A detailed report both on the human rights situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and their urgent humanitarian needs will be presented to the upcoming OIC Council of Foreign Ministers scheduled to take place in May this year in Dhaka.
The delegation consists of members of the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), one of the principle statutory organs of the OIC - dealing with human rights issues, and officials from relevant departments of the OIC General Secretariat including the Minorities, Information and Humanitarian Affairs.
The visit is undertaken, in coordination with the government of Bangladesh, to ascertain the human rights and humanitarian situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, according to OIC statement.
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 camps in Cox's Bazar district 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.
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.
The OIC has repeatedly called upon the Myanmar government that Rohingyas must be allowed to return in safety and dignity to their original places of residence and that the authorities must take concrete steps to address the root causes of tensions in Rakhine State.
Meanwhile, Indonesian President Joko Widodo is likely to be here on a two-day official visit this month to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues including Rohingya issue.
The two countries are now in discussion to finalize the visit, a foreign ministry source said.
The Indonesian President, during the visit, will have meetings with President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
In September last, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi visited Dhaka and discussed the Rohingya issues.

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