OIC Secretary General Meets Aung San Suu Kyi

New York, 20 Dzulhijjah 1437/22 September 2016 (MINA) – Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad bin Ameen Madani met with Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, State Adviser to the Government of Myanmar, on the sideline of the United Nations General Assembly.

During the meeting, the OIC Secretary General was informed of the efforts on the efforts of the Myanmar government to promote democratic governance and end religious and racial conflicts in the country, SPA reported.

For his part, the OIC Secretary General welcomed the Myanmar government’s efforts in this regard and pointed out the OIC’s interest in the protection of the basic human rights of the Rohingya Muslim community, including their fundamental right to citizenship.

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Madani called for more efforts to improve the humanitarian situation in the Arakan region.

Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million, emerged from a half-century of military rule in 2011, but its transition to democracy has been marred by sectarian violence that has left more than 240 people dead and sent another 240,000 fleeing their homes.

Most of the victims have been Rohingya. Though many of their families arrived generations ago, all have been denied citizenship by the government. (T/R07/R01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)