Wethank the Special Rapporteur for her oral update.
Pakistan concurs with the Special Rapporteur 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 oppression from birth to death.
Unfortunately, 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.RohingyaMuslims have beenvictims of a systemic persecution spanning decades which, the UN Secretary General referred as ethnic cleansingin his opening address to this Council in March last year.
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 remain ready to work together with all stakeholders, including Government of Myanmar, toprevent human rights violations committed on the Rohingya and for their sustainable return and rehabilitation to their ancestral homes in Myanmar in conditions of peace.