Friday, July 3, 2015
Action on Resolution on the Human Rights Situation of Rohingya Muslims and Other Minorities in Myanmar
The Human Rights Council this morning adopted four texts, a Presidential Statement on enhancing the efficiency of the Council, and three resolutions on the human rights situation of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, the protection of the family, and technical cooperation and assistance to Ukraine in the field of human rights.
In the Presidential Statement on enhancing the efficiency of the Council, the Council the decided to improve further the voluntary yearly calendar for thematic resolutions of the Human Rights Council, and requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to develop, manage and support, as soon as possible, a more distinguishable, accessible and user-friendly webpage for the Human Rights Council, its mechanisms and procedures, including a user-friendly extranet.
In a resolution (A/HRC/29/L.30) on the human rights situation of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar, adopted without a vote, the Council condemns the systematic gross violations of human rights and abuses committed against all, including Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State; calls upon the Government of Myanmar to ensure the protection of human rights of all persons in Myanmar, including Rohingya Muslims; calls upon the Government of Myanmar to take the necessary measures to address the spread of discrimination and prejudice against Muslims; and urges the Government of Myanmar to protect places of worships belonging to all religions. The Council calls upon the Government of Myanmar to ensure the return of all refugees and persons displaced from their home; and urges it to grant full citizenship rights to Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State. The Council requests the High Commissioner for Human Rights to present an oral update to the Council at its thirtieth Session and a report at its thirty-second Session on the human rights violations and abuses against Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar.
The Council started its consideration of this resolution on 2 July and a summary can be seen here.
Myanmar, speaking as the concerned country, said this resolution went against the letter and spirit of agreed principles in the General Assembly, and against the principles defended by the Non-Aligned Movement against country-specific resolutions. This resolution was counter-protective. The notion of Muslims in Myanmar being subjected to human rights violations was totally wrong and baseless. The constitution guaranteed freedom of religion. Harmful and traditional practices never survived in Myanmar. Myanmar rejected the draft resolution as a whole.
You can read the full text by clicking here.