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OIC panel for pressing Myanmar to take back Rohingyas

  • Published at 09:22 pm September 12th, 2018
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The delegation members of the Parliamentary Union of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation during an interaction with the locals and reporters at a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Abdul Aziz/Dhaka Tribune

Learning about the dire circumstances which forced the Rohingyas to flee their homeland, the delegation condemned the systematic brutal acts committed by the Myanmar forces against this community

A 19-member delegation of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) Member States (PUIC) on Wednesday called upon the global community to pressure Myanmar to bring back displaced Rohingyas.

The delegation members made the call visiting multiple Rohingya camps to witness firsthand the situation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar sheltered in Cox’s Bazar.

They also called upon all the PUIC Member Parliaments to continue their efforts together with those of the international community and the United Nations (UN) in order to ensure sustainable return of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their ancestral homeland in the Rakhine State in safety, security, dignity, and with full rights of citizenship.

Learning about the dire circumstances which forced the Rohingyas to flee their homeland, the delegation condemned the systematic brutal acts committed by the Myanmar forces against this community.

They assured Bangladesh of taking up the issue with their respective parliaments.

During their visit, the delegation met Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and took a tour of the Bangladesh Parliament, reports UNB quoting a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement.

They also met State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam at his ministry office.

The delegation included PUIC Secretary General Prof Dr Mahmud Erol Klilic and the Members of Parliament from six member states of PUIC, namely Algeria, Iran, Malaysia, Morocco, Sudan and Turkey.

The PUIC delegation visited Bangladesh following a decision of the 13th PUIC Conference in Tehran in January 2018, which mandated the member states to visit the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh to take stock of their condition and consider the possibility of extending humanitarian aid to the displaced.

The 45th OIC CFM (Council of Foreign Ministers) held in Dhaka earlier in May this year garnered special attention and solidarity of the largest association of Muslim countries on the Rohingya issue.