Myan­mar slams UNHRC res­o­lu­tion on Rakhine

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Myan­mar crit­i­cised the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil’s res­o­lu­tion that con­demned al­leged hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions against the Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in north­ern Rakhine State.

MYAN­MAR on Thurs­day lam­basted the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil (UNHRC) res­o­lu­tion that con­demned the al­leged sys­tem­atic and gross vi­o­la­tions of hu­man rights and abuses com­mit­ted against the Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in north­ern Rakhine State.

The De­cem­ber 5 UNHRC draft res­o­lu­tion was is­sued at the con­clu­sion of the 27th Spe­cial Ses­sion of the UNHRC that dis­cussed the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion of the Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in Rakhine.

Htin Lynn, am­bas­sador and per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Myan­mar at the UN, said coun­try spe­cific res­o­lu­tions, such as the one drafted on Tues­day, “are not con­ducive to mean­ing­ful di­a­logue but give rise also to po­lar­i­sa­tion, di­vi­sion and even con­fronta­tion.”

“The draft res­o­lu­tion is fo­cus­ing on a par­tic­u­lar group of peo­ple be­long­ing to a par­tic­u­lar faith,” he said in a state­ment is­sued at the UNHRC ses­sion. “The pro­mo­tion and pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights should be for all peo­ple of the globe, ir­re­spec­tive of race, re­li­gion and gen­der.”

He noted that some el­e­ments in the draft res­o­lu­tion in­fringed on the sovereignty of Myan­mar.

“Al­le­ga­tions with­out suf­fi­cient and con­crete body of ev­i­dence are also in­cor­po­rated in the text,” he said. “In­ter­na­tional as­sis­tance should be part of the so­lu­tion, not part of the prob­lem.”

He also pointed out that the res­o­lu­tion failed to con­demn the at­tacks by the Arakan Ro­hingya Sal­va­tion Army (ARSA), which the gov­ern­ment la­belled a ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“Myan­mar will con­tinue to work re­lent­lessly to ad­dress the chal­lenges of Rakhine State with or with­out a res­o­lu­tion by the Hu­man Rights Coun­cil,” he said.

The fight­ing in north­ern Rakhine erupted on Au­gust 25 when ARSA fight­ers at­tacked gov­ern­ment out­posts, trig­ger­ing se­vere mil­i­tary reprisals and clashes that killed hun­dreds of peo­ple.

The fight­ing dis­placed over 600,000 Mus­lims, forc­ing them to flee across the bor­der to Bangladesh to es­cape the vi­o­lence.

Some the houses that were de­stroyed in Alethankyaw vil­lage at the peak of the con­flict in Rakhine. Photo: Lun Min Mang

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