Delivered on 13 March 2017

Delivered by H.E Dr Hala Hameed Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva

Thank you Mr President,

We express our gratitude to Ms. Lee, the Special Rapporteur for her work and welcome the comprehensive report on the human rights situation in Myanmar.

The Maldives fully aligns itself with the statement delivered by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC group of countries.

The Maldives is deeply concerned about the ongoing violence against the Rohingya minority population and the gross violations of human rights in the Rakhine state. We are appalled by the accounts of atrocities committed against the Rohingya people in the recent flash report of the OHCHR mission. The troubling accounts of ethnic violence targeting the Muslim community in the Rakhine state including accounts of mass gang-rape, killings, violence against children and women, disappearances and brutal beatings violate international human rights and humanitarian laws.

The Maldives is aware of the sensitive nature of the tensions among the different communities in Myanmar, however, we strongly condemn any forms of systemic discrimination and persecution on the grounds of cultural or religious belief. We are seriously concerned at the deteriorating situation of the Rohingya women and children in the Rakhine region.

Mr. President,

The Maldives endorses the Special Rapporteur’s call in reminding the Government of Myanmar of its obligation to guarantee fundamental human rights to its population during conflict.

We call upon the Government of Myanmar to eliminate the root causes of the conflict, and to ensure that all victims receive protection and access to appropriate medical treatments urgently.

Lastly, we also call upon the international community to expedite its actions to formulate comprehensive and coordinated approaches to assist in reversing the humanitarian situation in Myanmar, including all efforts at peacebuilding, development, humanitarian assistance and guaranteeing fundamental human rights.

Thank you.