- Title: World Islamic body OIC chief calls on international community to help Rohingyas
- Date: 4th August 2017
- Summary: KUTUPALONG CAMP, COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH (AUGUST 4, 2017) (REUTERS) KUTUPALONG CAMP IN COX'S BAZAR VARIOUS OF BANGLADESH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SHOWING REFUGEE CAMP TO THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE ORGANIZATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION (IOC), YOUSEF BIN AHMAD AL-OTHAIMEEN CARS STOPPING OTHAIMEEN, WALKING WITH OFFICIALS AND REFUGEES OTHAIMEEN ENTERING SHELTER REFUGEES GATHERED AT SHELTER VARIOUS OF OTHAIMEEN MEETING WITH REFUGEES (SOUNDBITE) (English) SECRETARY GENERAL OF ORGANIZATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION, YOUSEF BIN AHMAD AL-OTHAIMEEN, SAYING: "It is not a matter of just only food and shelter, it is a matter of basic human rights. So, from this place, from this camp in Bangladesh, I am calling onto the international community, United Nations and all international organizations to assume its responsibility and we can help them in any way we can, please come and help - help legally, politically, humanitarian-ly and improve the living conditions here that all our brother and sisters from Myanmar or Rohingya group from Rakhine region, to have an access to health education and basic house and decent condition. I would like to thank very much the Government of Bangladesh." VARIOUS OF OTHAIMEEN WALKING WITH OFFICIALS
- Embargoed: 18th August 2017 12:31
- Keywords: Myanmar Rohingya refugees OIC Rohingyas in Bangladesh Organization of Islamic Cooperation
- Location: KUTUPALONG CAMP, COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH
- City: KUTUPALONG CAMP, COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH
- Country: Bangladesh
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016SQQWCL
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- Story Text:The chief of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, called on Friday (August 4) for the international community to help Rohingya Muslims living in Bangladeshi refugee camps.
Othaimeen, who was visiting the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, had also said on Thursday (August 3) that Myanmar must protect the rights of the minority group, urging the government to work with neighboring Muslim-majority countries to tackle a refugee crisis.
About 75,000 people have fled Myanmar 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. Aung San Suu Kyi's fledgling administration has denied most of the allegations and is refusing access to a United Nations panel of experts, saying its mission will aggravate the situation on the ground in the western state of Rakhine.
Many in Myanmar see the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, although about 1.1 million of them live in Rakhine state and say their roots go back generations.
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