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OIC Special Envoy for Myanmar in the United States to mobilize support for Rohingya issue

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(Jeddah-AlummahWorld, 24 Jumada I, 1436, 15 March 2015) The Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for Myanmar, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, is in the United States on an extensive program of meetings with officials to mobilize support for the initiatives by the OIC to resolve the Rohingya issue.

The OIC Special Envoy for Myanmar Dr. Albar, who is the former Foreign Minister of Malaysia, met with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The OIC Office in New York have also arranged bilateral meetings for Dr. Albar with UN Secretary General Special Advisor on Myanmar Mr. Vijay Nambiar, as well as with representatives of the Non-Violent Peace Force, Amnesty International, and UN OCHA, in addition to Dr. Wakar Uddin, the Director General of the Arakan Rohingya Union, Mr. Adem Carroll from Burma Task Force US, and Dr. William Vendly, Secretary General of Religions for Peace.

Dr. Albar, will also meet at the OIC Office in New York with Prof. Abu Nimer from King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), to talk about the Buddhist-Muslim dialogue event that Dr. Albar will host in Kuala Lumpur in April through his NGO, Humanity Malaysia.

Furthermore, Special Envoy Dr. Albar and the OIC Permanent Representative to the UN in New York, Ambassador Ufuk Gokcen, are scheduled to meet with Congressman Chris Smith, the Chair of Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Worth noting that the last meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Rohingya, held in New York in September 2014, adopted the plan of action recommended by the OIC Special Envoy for Myanmar, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, which calls on the Myanmar government to take action against people promoting hate speech and instigating violence. The plan also calls for holding inter-community and interfaith dialogue, allow internally displaced people (IDPs) to return to their homes, invest in the socio-economic development of the Rakhine region, and open up for international humanitarian assistance to reach the community that was affected by the ethnic violence that broke out in 2012.

The OIC continues to call on the Government of Myanmar to restore the citizenship of the Rohingya Muslims which was revoked in the Citizenship Act of 1982 and to have an inclusive transparent policy towards ethnic and religious communities, including the Rohingya Muslims.