The Permanent Representative of Pakistan, Ambassador Farukh Amil, in his capacity as the Coordinator of the OIC Group for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva, along with the Permanent Representatives of Bangladesh, Côte d’Ivoire, Malaysia, Turkey, and the OIC Permanent Observer, met the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, to seek an update on the efforts made by the his office with respect to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and highlight concerns of the OIC Member States regarding indiscriminate use of force by Myanmar forces against the Rohingya Muslims leading to wide scale deaths, destruction of property and displacement.
Pakistan, on behalf of the Group, expressed grave concern on the ongoing violence in Rakhine State, ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims and blockade of humanitarian access by Myanmar to the affected population. Condemning Myanmar’s grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, Ambassador Amil urged the High Commissioner to step up his efforts to address the crisis in Rakhine State and pressurize the Government of Myanmar to stop violence against Rohingyas, allow unhindered access to the United Nations Fact Finding Mission and create conditions for sustainable voluntary return of Rohingya refugees.
The High Commissioner briefed the Ambassadors about the visit of his team to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, and their account of the sufferings of the Rohingya Muslims at the hands of the Myanmar authorities. He mentioned that due to the continuous denial of access by the Government of Myanmar, his office was working on alternate approaches. He appreciated Bangladesh for hosting the Rohingya refugees and expressed hope that the international community would work together to bring to an end the ongoing violence in Myanmar and to ensure that the rights of all who are forced out of their houses in Myanmar, are protected.
OIC Group in Geneva is engaged with the concerned UN Agencies on political and humanitarian aspects of the crisis in Myanmar.
2 October 2017