Delivered on  19th September 2017

Delivered by H.E. Dr Hala Hameed, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Maldives to the United Nations in Geneva

Mr President,

My delegation appreciates the oral update by the Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar; Maldives aligns with the statement delivered by OIC.

The Maldives is appalled by the latest escalation of violence in Rakhine state. My delegation is deeply concerned about the horrific reports of innocent civilians being killed during security operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Mr. President:

To echo UN Secretary General António Guterres, “the crisis involving the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine state had become catastrophic.” The latest figure indicates that more than 380,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh. Many of those are women and children; fleeingin fear of being assaulted, raped and killed. Their desperate plight, in search of safety, of human dignity and the right to life brings shame august Council as we remain to witness human suffering of untold proportions.

Mr. President:

The Government and the people of the Maldives express profound sympathy for the Rohingya Muslims. In a nationwide effort to stand in solidarity and as a gesture to assist the Rohingya people in dire need, the Government of Maldives has facilitated a fundraising telethon in collaboration with the private sector and the people of the Maldives.

Mr. President

My delegation adds voice to the calls by the international community on the Gvernment of Myanmar, to immediately cease all atrocities against the Rohingya and to respect international law and international humanitarian law. Further, the Maldives calls upon Myanmar authorities to fully cooperate with the UN Fact Finding Mission and also cooperate with all UN Agencies to provide humanitarian assistance to Rohingya population.

Thank you, Mr. President