A delegation of OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), one of the principle statutory organs of the OIC – dealing with human rights issues, will visit the Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh from 3-5 January 2018.
The visit is undertaken to ascertain the human rights situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. 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. In the absence of a positive response from the Myanmar Government, the IPHRC has decided to visit Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox Bazar (Bangladesh) and acquire first-hand information on the state of human rights violations faced by them in Myanmar for preparing an objective report on the subject. IPHRC has routinely pronounced its strong concerns and condemnation on the state of human rights violations faced by the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar at all relevant UN forums, details of which are available on its website www.oic-iphrc.org.
The IPHRC delegation will be accompanied by officials from relevant departments of the OIC General Secretariat including the Minorities, Information and humanitarian affairs. These officials will discuss humanitarian needs and other issues of concern with the relevant authorities in Bangladesh and present their report to the OIC Secretary General.
A detailed report both on the human rights situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and their urgent humanitarian needs will also be presented to the upcoming OIC Council of Foreign Ministers scheduled to take place later this year in Dhaka.