Health Desk:03 January 2018: 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.
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.
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.
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.