Mr. President,

My delegation would like to thank the Special Rapporteur, for her sterling work and welcome her recent report and fully supports her mandate.

The Maldives welcomes the Government cooperation allowing access to the Special Rapporteur and constructively engaging with this council.

The Maldives encourages the Government of Myanmar to fully cooperate with the fact- finding mission in accordance with the Human Rights Council resolution 34/22.

Mr President,

The Maldives is deeply concerned with the ongoing grave human rights violations against the Rohingya population, mostly children and women, especially those belonging to Muslim communities. Rape, forced marriage, forced labor, or trafficking is an everyday occurrence in the region. We urge the Government of Myanmar to take all necessary measures to end violence and discrimination against the minority groups in Northern Rakhine State.

To conclude Mr. President,

We call upon the Government of Myanmar to ensure protection of all vulnerable groups and take measures to protect women and children from violence and discrimination enabling them to live their lives with dignity.

Thank you,