Action on Resolution on the Human Rights Situation of Rohingya Muslims and Other Minorities in Myanmar

In a resolution (A/HRC/29/L.30) on the human rights situation of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar, adopted without a vote, the Council condemns the systematic gross violations of human rights and abuses committed against all, including Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State; calls upon the Government of Myanmar to ensure the protection of human rights of all persons in Myanmar, including Rohingya Muslims; calls upon the Government of Myanmar to take the necessary measures to address the spread of discrimination and prejudice against Muslims; and urges the Government of Myanmar to protect places of worships belonging to all religions. The Council calls upon the Government of Myanmar to ensure the return of all refugees and persons displaced from their home; and urges it to grant full citizenship rights to Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State. The Council requests the High Commissioner for Human Rights to present an oral update to the Council at its thirtieth Session and a report at its thirty-second Session on the human rights violations and abuses against Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar.

The Council started its consideration of this resolution on 2 July and a summary can be seen here.

Myanmar, speaking as the concerned country, said this resolution went against the letter and spirit of agreed principles in the General Assembly, and against the principles defended by the Non-Aligned Movement against country-specific resolutions. This resolution was counter-protective. The notion of Muslims in Myanmar being subjected to human rights violations was totally wrong and baseless. The constitution guaranteed freedom of religion. Harmful and traditional practices never survived in Myanmar. Myanmar rejected the draft resolution as a whole.

Cuba, in an explanation of the vote before the vote, said the Universal Periodic Review was the ideal forum for genuine discussions, cooperation and respectful dialogue on human rights.

Venezuela , in an explanation of the vote before the vote, said it would not support this initiative without the consent of the country concerned. Myanmar had made efforts to combat poverty and provided the highest standards of welfare to its population.

The Council then adopted draft resolution L.30 without a vote.

– See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16196&LangID=E#sthash.8BtkDVGE.dpuf

See resolution here A_HRC_29_L30

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