Delivered on 04 July 2018
Delivered by H.E Hala Hameed, Ambassador | Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Thank you Mr. President,
My delegation thanks the High Commissioner for his update on the plight of Rohingya’s.
Just two days ago, the United Nations Secretary General told the world, and I quote, “today in Bangladesh I met Rohingya women and girls who suffered horrific acts of sexual violence in Myanmar — some now mothers to babies born of rape. They must not be forgotten victims. The world must know their story. We must show them solidarity.” End of quote.
The Maldives condemn these continued acts of human rights violations forcing them to leave their homes and take these perilous journeys in search of safety, seeking survival.
The Maldives remain deeply concerned over the non-cooperation by the Government of Myanmar to the Special Rapporteur and the Independent Fact-Finding Mission, and denying them access to Rakhine State to assess the situation on the ground.
We would like to commend the tremendous efforts made by agencies and authorities in Bangladesh in hosting the Rohingya refugees, despite the challenges faced by the exodus of the Rohingya people into Bangladesh.
We call on the Government of Myanmar to give full and unfettered access to the Independent Fact-Finding Mission to visit the Rakhine State, and to co-operate with all UN agencies on the ground to bring an end to this humanitarian crisis of untold proportions.
We echo the appeal made by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, that the int’l community must step up support. Acknowledging the efforts by the United Nations agencies to alleviate the suffering of the people of Rakhine State, we reiterate the urgent need to intensify efforts to bring a peaceful solution to the plight of the Rohingyans.