Delivered on 12 March 2018

Delivered by Mr Amin Javed Faizal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Delegate to the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council

Thank you Mr. President,

My delegation welcomes the oral update provided by the fact-finding mission for the situation on human rights in Myanmar, as well as the written Report of the Special Rapporteur. The Maldives aligns with the statement delivered by OIC. We would also like to thank the High Commissioner, for the priority his Office has placed on this issue as evidenced by his Annual Report to the Council.

My delegation stresses its grave concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in Myanmar. The violence against the Rohingya people in Rakhine State is a gross violation of international humanitarian law. Since 1992, UN Special Rapporteurs have documented numerous human rights violations against the Rohingya. These atrocities have gone on for far too long, and the recent escalations in violence and displacement are unacceptable.

Myanmar’s security forces are facing allegations of rape, torture, murder, and other extreme humanitarian crimes. The Rohingya people have been forcibly removed from their homes and communities, and the ones that make it out alive from this violence are fleeing to Bangladesh with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The desperate plight of the Rohingya, in search of safety and a right to life, is of immediate priority for this Council.

Mr. President,

My delegation condemns these violations against the Rohingya people. The Maldives calls upon the Government of Myanmar to immediately cease all atrocities being committed against the Rohingya people; to give unfettered access to the Fact-Finding Mission to conduct their investigation in accordance to the HRC Resolution 34/22; and cooperate with all UN Agencies to provide humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the Rohingya people.

The Maldives stands in solidarity with the Rohingya people and we express our profound sympathy at their plight. In a gesture of solidarity, the Government of Maldives, and the private sector, and our people, has conducted fundraising events for the Rohingya refugees. We take this opportunity to thank the Government of Bangladesh and express our deep appreciation, for their noble efforts in hosting about one million refugees from Myanmar.

Thank you Mr. President.