The Permanent Representative of Pakistan, 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 Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General International Organization of Migration (IOM) and Mr. Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees to review the situation arising out of displacement of over half million Rohingya Muslims due to indiscriminate use of force by Myanmar in the last four weeks.
The OIC Ambassadors urged the IOM and the UNHCR to redouble their efforts to address the plight of Rohingya Muslims, particularly those made IDPs in Myanmar or forced to cross over into Bangladesh as refugees. They expressed grave concern at lack of humanitarian access provided by Myanmar to the affected population. Condemning Myanmar’s grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, the OIC Ambassadors called on the UN to ensure that ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims is stopped forthwith, perpetrators are held accountable and conditions are made suitable for safe return of all IDPs and refugees. They called for increased international assistance to Bangladesh to address the growing refugee crisis.
DG IOM and High Commissioner briefed the OIC Ambassadors on their efforts to deal with the crisis on emergency basis. Their focus was on immediate relief through food aid, registration of all refugees and their eventual safe return home. They appreciated the role of Bangladesh as the gracious host to a growing number of refugees and expressed hope of greater assistance by the international community. Both the IOM and the UNHCR would launch fresh international appeal for funding next week.
OIC Group in Geneva would remain engaged with the concerned UN Agencies on political and humanitarian aspects of the crisis in Myanmar.
29 September 2017