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OIC parliamentary team seeks sustainable Rohingya return

Visits refugee camps in Cox's Bazar

September 13, 2018 00:00:00

A delegation of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) visiting a Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar on Wednesday — Focus Bangla

A 19-member delegation of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) has called for the sustainable return of Rohingyas as the delegation completed a three-day visit to Bangladesh, reports UNB.

The delegation members visited Rohingya camps on Wednesday to observe firsthand the situation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar sheltered in Cox's Bazar district.

They called upon all the PUIC Member Parliaments to continue their efforts together with those of the international community and the UN in order to ensure sustainable return of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their ancestral homeland in Rakhine State in safety, security, dignity, and with full right of citizenship.

Learning about the dire circumstances which forced the Rohingyas to flee their homeland, the delegation condemned the systematic brutal acts committed by the Myanmar forces against this community.

They assured Bangladesh of taking up the issue with their respective parliaments, said the Foreign Ministry.

During the visit, the delegation met Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and took a tour of the Bangladesh Parliament.

They also met State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The delegation included PUIC Secretary General Prof Dr Mahmud Erol Klilic and the Members of Parliament from six member states of PUIC, namely Algeria, Iran, Malaysia, Morocco, Sudan and Turkey.

The PUIC delegation visited Bangladesh following a decision of the 13th PUIC Conference in Tehran in January, 2018, which mandated the member states to visit Rohingya camps in Bangladesh to take stock of their condition and consider the possibility of extending humanitarian aid to the displaced.

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