Delivered on 27 June 2018
Delivered by H.E. Dr Hala Hameed, Ambassador | Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Thank you Mr. President,
The Maldives thanks the Special Rapporteur for her oral update and commends her for the ongoing work with regard to the human rights situation in Myanmar.
We remain extremely concerned over the situation in Rakhine State. We condemn the continued acts of human rights violations and barbarous assaults against the Rohingya Muslims.
We further remain deeply concerned over the non-cooperation and lack of access by the Government of Myanmar to the Special Rapporteur and the Fact Finding Mission.
The High Commissioner in his oral update noted that the longstanding and widely reported human rights violations in Myanmar include the allegations of extrajudicial killings; torture and inhumane treatment; rape and sexual violence; forced labour; and even the recruitment of child soldiers.
Further, the conflict between armed groups and security forces has led to indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks for which many innocent men, women, , and children have paid the ultimate price. We find this situation extremely disturbing.
Once again, we urge the Government of Myanmar to immediately cease all atrocities against Rohingya population and to respect international human rights and humanitarian law, and to ensure the effective implementation of the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission.
While we welcome the Memorandum of Understanding reached by the Government of Myanmar, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the United Nations system’s support to creating conditions conducive to voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable Rohingya refugee returns from Bangladesh, and their reintegration in Rakhine State, we urge the Government of Myanmar to take concrete steps to implement the agreement. We also concur with the High Commissioner’s conclusions that no repatriation should occur in the absence of sustained human rights monitoring on the ground, in the areas concerned.
In conclusion, the Maldives once again calls upon the Government of Myanmar to give the full cooperation to the Special Rapporteur; to give unfettered access to the Fact-Finding Mission to conduct their investigation in accordance with HRC resolution 34/22; and to cooperate with all UN agencies to provide humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the Rohingya people.
The plight of the Rohingya, which is at its essence a yearning for the right to life, is precisely the kind of tragic issue that must continue to be a pressing priority for this Council and the entire international community. It is our hope that Myanmar and the international community at large will uphold the values, principles, and objectives to which this Council aspires.