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About The Repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to Their Homeland

The Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, Ambassador Abdullah bin Yahya Al-Muallami, expressed the concern of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) about the continuing tragic events that may hinder the process of safe and continuous repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to their homeland, calling on Myanmar to fulfill international obligations in this regard.

This came in a speech delivered by Ambassador Al-Muallami on behalf of the members of the OIC during the meeting held by the United Nations General Assembly, to listen to the briefing of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General to Myanmar Christine Schraner Bergner.

At the beginning of the speech, Ambassador Al-Muallami thanked the President of the United Nations General Assembly for organizing this meeting and the Special Envoy to Myanmar for providing her briefing.

The ambassador stated that the members of the OIC are closely following the current events and developments in Myanmar.

He noted that the present situation in Myanmar has exacerbated the already dire situation of Rohingya refugees, with the diminishing possibility of hundreds of thousands of them returning quickly and safely to Myanmar and leaving the sprawling camps.

Ambassador Al-Muallami urged the expedition of the full implementation of all recommendations of the Rakhine State Advisory Committee to address the root causes of the crisis as well as implement other United Nations recommendations.

Furthermore, Ambassador Al-Muallami called on Myanmar to shoulder its responsibility towards Rohingya Muslim minority and for an immediate end to all acts of violence and all violations of international law.

 He called for taking all necessary measures to provide justice to the victims and put an end to impunity for all violations and abuses of international humanitarian law.

Moreover, he affirmed the organization’s firm position in support of Muslim Rohingya people, calling for ensuring their safety and security and recognition of their basic rights, including the right to full citizenship and creating conditions conducive to the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of all Rohingya refugees and displaced persons.

In conclusion, Ambassador Al-Muallami, on behalf of the members of the OIC, welcomed the efforts of the international community, the United Nations, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the government of Bangladesh to find a solution to the refugee crisis, reiterating the call to Myanmar to ensure their safe return to their homeland in dignity and peace, and to grant them full citizenship rights.