Myanmar slams UNHRC resolution on Rakhine
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.