OIC presses for quick implementation of Annan commission report on Rohingya


Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the OIC secretary general thanked Bangladesh for giving shelter to Rohingya refugees, reports UNB.

Sheikh Hasina said the problem, in fact, started in 1991 and now there are some 4,00,000 undocumented Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. "We're pursuing Myanmar to take back their nationals as we can't throw them out".

In this connection, Hasina said that the government has already earmarked an island to give temporary shelter to the Rohingya refugees so that they could live in a better condition.

Dr Yousef also strongly denounced the twin menace of terrorism and extremism, and said Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.

The prime minister said the border guards of both Bangladesh and Myanmar are also having talks between them and they have developed good relations.

About Bangladeshi expatriate workers, Yousef said they were resilient, hardworking and professional.

The victims were members of the ethnic Myo minority, the government said, adding its security forces were searching for two more missing villagers.

Yousef said the OIC would be happy to participate in any women development programme in Bangladesh.

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PM's International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi present on the occasion.

"Rohingya people are being denied their basic human rights. They must return to their country and they must have full citizenship", Yousef said.

The OIC, which represents 57 states, told Myanmar, "we call on the Myanmar government to ensure human rights for the Rohingyas".

The OIC secretary general also called on President Abdul Hamid at the Bangabhaban in the afternoon.

Bangladesh has been asking Myanmar time and again to take its nationals back to their homelands as more than 70,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh facing the recent spate of violence in October a year ago.

About 75,000 people have fled to Bangladesh after a military crackdown, with accompanying allegations of rape, torture and extrajudicial killings by security forces, followed an attack on a Myanmar border guard post on October 9.

The OIC Secretary General is leading a five member OIC delegation in his first ever visit Bangladesh since assuming office last November.

A former social affairs minister of Saudi Arabia, Yousef was elected as the OIC secretary general on November 17 a year ago.