We thank the members of the Fact Finding Mission for their hard work and the report.
Pakistan is gravely concerned at the findings of the Fact Finding Mission’s report. We concur with the FFM in noting that the extreme vulnerability or Rohingya Muslims and other minorities is a consequence of State policies and practices implemented over decades, steadily marginalising them. The result is a continuing situation of severe, systemic and institutionalised oppression from birth to death.
Unfortunately, vitriolic anti-Muslim hatred continues to remain a common feature in the Myanmar public discourse. This only serves to isolate and criminalize the Muslim Rohingya Population. The world has been witnessing this pattern of systematic persecution and ongoing violence in Rakhine since decades. Rohingya Muslims have been victims of a human catastrophe of alarming proportions which the UN Secretary General referred as ethnic cleansing in his opening address to the Council.
The FFM’s conclusion that serious crimes under international law have been committed in Myanmar, which warrant criminal investigation and prosecution, is alarming. We also fear that unless the underlying social and political causes of this discrimination and persecution are addressed, and all ranks within the security forces are held accountable for their actions, similar outbreaks of violence and associated atrocity crimes will continue.
Pakistan believes that the international community must take a united stand to bring this catastrophe to an end and assist Myanmar in addressing the root causes of its recurrent problems. We also support the call of the FFM for establishment of an independent, impartial mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights violations and abuses and to facilitate fair and independent criminal proceedings in competent national, regional or international courts or tribunals.
I thank you.