OIC, UNHCR discuss humanitarian situation of Rohingya refugees

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The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) played host on January 27th 2021 to an online meeting wherein the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) gave a briefing and situational update, to the OIC Contact Group on Rohingya, regarding the humanitarian situation of this population of the world.

In his welcome speech, Assistant Secretary General for Palestine Affairs Amb. Samir Bakr, leading the OIC delegation, underlined the keen personal interest of the OIC Secretary General, Dr Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, in scaling up the Member States’ humanitarian and political response in support of the Muslim Rohingya population, guided by the OIC Charter and relevant resolutions of the Islamic Summit and Council of Foreign Ministers. The OIC lays special emphasis on the need to address and resolve the Rohingya crisis at its roots and deliver an effective humanitarian response to this Muslim minority, described by the UN as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world, the OIC representative went on.

We at the OIC are totally committed to the principles of solidarity, international cooperation and burden sharing, Ambassador Bakr stressed, pointing out that the Rohingya refugee humanitarian crisis should be addressed within the current global pandemic context caused the coronavirus (COVID-19).

For his part, the OIC Special Envoy to Myanmar, Ambassador Ibrahim Khairat, commended the continued advocacy efforts and response plans of the OIC to resolve the dire humanitarian, political and human rights situation of the Rohingya minority.—PR

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