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Conference on Rohingya draws speakers, delegates from ASEAN, Muslim countries

PUTRAJAYA: The International Conference on Rohingya (ICR) 2017 rolled out smoothly as planned at the Putrajaya Marriott this evening, featuring prominent speakers such as Organisation of Islamic Co-operation’s (OIC) special envoy to Myanmar Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar Syed Jaafar; Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK president and human rights activist Tun Khin; Kaladan Press Network Myanmar executive director Tin Soe; UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Malaysia Richard J. Towle; and International Union of Muslims Scholars assistant secretary general Abdul Ghaffar Aziz.

The three-day conference, jointly organised by the Institute of Public Security of Malaysia, Amal Foundation of Malaysia, the International Federation of Relief and Development, and the International Union of Muslim Scholars attracted the participation of 180-strong delegates across ASEAN and Muslim countries.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to grace the closing ceremony on Thursday.

In his welcome speech, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang, as the vice president of International Union of Muslims Scholars said the world’s community, through various international organisations such as the United Nations (UN), Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and international non-governmental organisations, should be in a position to restore the rights of the Rohingya minority.

He said all parties should take immediate action in defending justice for Rohingya.

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