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Permanent Observer of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations in New York, Discussed Rohingya Issue With Representatives of Human Rights Watch - 2017-03-07
Permanent Observer of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev had a meeting with Representatives of Human Rights today 7th March 2017. During the meeting, Mr. Philippe Bolopion, United Nations and Crisis Advocacy Director of the Human Rights Watch and Ms. Akshaya Kumar, Deputy United Nations Director of the same organinization birefed about their experiences and activities related to Rohingya minority in Myanmar. Following their recent visits to Myanmar, the Human Rights delegates shared their first-hand information and observations related to the sufferings of Rohingyas in Myaynmar and the fact that situation there did not improve.


The meeting discussed the Rohingyas in Myanmar who were living under harsh conditions in camps facing persecution, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity as part of long-term measures undertaken against Rohingya minority. It also expressing concern over the deteriorating situation highlighting the need for improvement of the Rohingya minority situation. In this context, they emphasis was given on the need to submit a resolution on the subject with special focus on investigating at the crimes committed against Rohingya minority in Myanmar. 

The OIC ambassador briefed them about the OIC activities and its cooperation with other international bodies on this issue, and underscored the importance of the issue on the agenda of the OIC. He explained about the activities of OIC Group of Ambassadors on Rohingyas in New York as well. He also mentioned the issue of deferring the submission of the resolution on the situation in Myanmar to the Human Rights Council with the intention to give the government of Myanmar enough time to improve the situation on the ground. He further explained that since the situation has not improved, the resolution could be submitted to the Human Rights Council by the member States.

He explained that the OIC will continue to follow the issue vigorously at all levels and stated that the OIC Group of Ambassadors on the matter in New York discussed the matter with the president of Security Council and will further follow it up by meetings with the president of General Assembly and the UN Secretary General.

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