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UAE condemns violation of Rohingyas’ rights

(Wam) / 30 August 2012

The UAE condemns the violation of the rights of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and the recent acts of violence against them which included killings, threats and displacing innocent people and burning down their houses and villages, according to Ambassador Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations.

The UAE, represented by Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was the first country to call the international community to take steps to protect Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and stop violence against them through supporting initiatives by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and calling the United Nations Human Rights Council to hold an extraordinary meeting on Rohingya Muslim’s human rights, Al Zaabi said in an intervention at a meeting for the ambassadors of the member countries of the OIC in Geneva on Tuesday to discuss human rights in Myanmar.

At the meeting, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres gave a presentation on the humanitarian situation of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims.

The UAE Ambassador also said the UAE backs a decision by the OIC’s extraordinary summit in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, on August 14 to set up a contact team to study the issue of Rohingya Muslims.

The Makkah summit is the fourth emergency conference to be convened by the OIC since it was formed in 1969. —

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