UN adopts resolution on human rights of Rohingya, other minorities in Myanmar


The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution “on the situation of human rights of Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar” without a vote.

“We would like to see the increased role of the regional countries and the regional organisations in resolving the Rohingya crisis with enhanced urgency, before it turns into a regional security crisis,” according to the statement of Bangladesh at the adoption of 3rd Committee Resolution on the situation of Rohingya in Myanmar.

In August 2017, the world witnessed the beginning of history’s largest and fastest exodus, with hundreds and thousands of Rohingya fleeing their homes in Myanmar.

Over 750,000 Rohingya – including more than 400,000 children – entered Bangladesh seeking shelter and protection in a few weeks’ time through a border that stretches only 41km.

The Rohingyas left in Myanmar are also faced with continued persecution and threats of displacement, Bangladesh said.

The country welcomed the adoption of the resolution by the 3rd committee, which is seen as a manifestation of a collective commitment to do right by the Rohingya.

Bangladesh also welcomed the resolution’s continued focus on the need to address the root causes of the Rohingya crisis, including in the context of current developments in Myanmar.

The country expressed strong support to the mandates of the special envoy of the secretary general, special rapporteur on the human rights situation of Myanmar, and the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar, and remained committed to providing full cooperation to them.

Pending their return, the Rohingyas living in the camps deserve the solidarity of the international community. The humanitarian response plan needs to be adequately funded.

“Equally important is to ensure enhanced coherence in the work of the peace, development and humanitarian actors in Myanmar to ensure long-term impacts for the minorities at risk including the prospective returnees. Pursuing the ongoing accountability tracks is also important as a confidence-building measure,” Bangladesh said.

“We believe this resolution will give us the much-needed impetus to reinforce our collective efforts to achieve durable solutions for the Rohingyas,” it added.

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