December 13, 2017

Action taken on resolution related to Myanmar at Special Session of UNHRC

Myanmar dissociates itself from the resolution

At the request of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation(OIC), the 27th Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Myanmar was held on 5 December 2017 in Geneva. At the meeting, the Bangladesh delegation submitted a draft resolution entitled “Situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar”.
After the introduction of the resolution, Permanent Representative U Htin Lynn of Myanmar delivered a statement. The main points of his statement are as follows:
– Myanmar opposes any country-specific resolution. The resolution gives rise to polarisation, division and confrontation. It does not reflect the principles of the Human Rights Council such as impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity.
– The draft resolution is focusing on a particular group of people belonging to a particular faith. The promotion and protection of Human Rights should be for all people of the globe irrespective of race, religion and gender.
– Some elements in the draft resolution are infringing on the state sovereignty of Myanmar. Allegations without sufficient and concrete evidence are also incorporated in the text.
– International assistance should be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
– It fails to condemn the attacks of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Arm (ARSA).
– For these reasons, the Myanmar delegation shall dissociate itself from the resolution under consideration.
– Myanmar will continue to work relentlessly to address the challenges of Rakhine state with or without a resolution by the Human Rights Council.
(The full text of the statement appears above).
The delegation of the People’s Republic of China, a member of the Human Rights Council, called for a vote on the draft resolution.
The resolution was adopted with 33 vote in favour, 3 against and 9 abstentions. Two members of the Human Rights Council did not participate in the voting. Those who voted against the resolution were the People’s Republic of China, which called for the vote, the Republic of the Philippines, the ASEAN Chair for 2017, and Burundi.
The Government of Myanmar has been exerting efforts to resolve the issue of Rakhine State internally as well as through cooperation with Bangladesh. The delegation from China called for a vote citing the reason that the resolution would not positively contribute to the situation on the ground, but even further complicate the situation. As 14 out of 47 members Human Rights Council did not support the resolution, consensus was not reached in adopting the resolution.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar expressed its appreciation to those member states of the Human Rights Council who have shown their understanding towards Myanmar by calling for a vote or by voting against or abstaining or by not participating in the voting amid enormous pressure encountered with regard to the issue of Rakhine State, it was learnt.—MNA

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