OIC Statement delivered by Ambassador Farukh Amil, Permanent Representative of Pakistan during the 27th Session of HRC on the Human Rights situation of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Rakhine State of Myanmar
On behalf of OIC Member States, let me at the outset thank the Council for convening this Special Session on the human rights situation of the minority Rohingya Muslim population and other minorities in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. We remain deeply concerned at the grave human rights violations and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State and the atrocities that have been perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslim Community.
This ongoing violence has forced hundreds of thousands of innocent Rohingya women, men and children, who have become victims of a human catastrophe of alarming proportions. The deteriorating humanitarian situation in Rakhine State has meant that they have fled into neighbouring states for refuge. This remains a matter of serious concern for us. The OIC calls for reconciliation which can come about when discrimination against the Rohingya Muslims and other minorities of Myanmar ends.
We also remain concerned at the denial of access to the UN humanitarian agencies and the Fact Finding Mission to Rakhine State, because of which humanitarian access and assistance remains severely limited. We urge the Government of Myanmar to grant immediate, safe and unhindered access to United Nations agencies and their partners, as well as other domestic and international organizations, to provide humanitarian assistance in Rakhine State.
The efforts of the Government of Bangladesh and UN agencies in providing safety, shelter, and humanitarian assistance to those who have fled the violence are commendable. The OIC believes in constructive engagement with the Myanmar Government to address the ongoing humanitarian and political crisis in its Rakhine State and calls upon it to:
- Cease all hostilities against civilian Muslim Rohingya population
- Address the root causes of the crisis in Rakhine State by respecting, promoting and protecting human rights, without discrimination
- Implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State chaired by Kofi Annan
- Allow access to UN Fact Finding Mission for transparent investigations into allegations of human rights abuses and violations as per its mandate, and hold to account all responsible for such crimes.
- Grant freedom of movement, equal access to basic services, and full citizenship rights to all individuals.
- Create favourable conditions for the sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to their homes.
The OIC remains ready to work together with all stakeholders both within and outside the Council to prevent human rights violations committed on the innocent Rohingyas. The OIC calls for the sustainable return and rehabilitation of all refugees and displaced persons from Bangladesh and other countries and creation of conditions conducive for the protection of lives and livelihoods of Rohingya Muslim population and other minorities in Myanmar. We also invite the international community to assist the Government of Myanmar in preventing violence towards the Rohingya minority and further crisis in the Rakhine State.
The OIC Member States emphasize the primary responsibility of the Government of Myanmar to protect its population and ensure promotion and protection of human rights, including those of its Rohingya Muslim people and other minorities. We welcome the recent high-level bilateral engagement between the Governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh and hope that the bilateral instrument signed between the two Governments on the repatriation of Rohingya refugees will form the pathway to resolve this crisis and that it will be implemented in its true spirit. This positive development requires further efforts for clarity to ensure the early return of the Rohingya refugees in an acceptable environment of safety and dignity to their ancestral homes in Myanmar.