The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution proposed by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Myanmar titled “Situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar” on Friday.
Published on Monday, 06 July 2015 18:15
KUALA LUMPUR: The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution proposed by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Myanmar titled “Situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar” on Friday.
The adoption of the resolution without a vote, conveys strong support to its content from international community, particularly the member states of the Human Rights Council, the Jeddah-based OIC said in a statement.
“The resolution, proposed by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC, condemns the systematic gross violations of human rights and abuses committed in Rakhine State, in particular against Rohingya Muslims; and calls upon the government of Myanmar to ensure the protection of human rights of all persons in Myanmar, including Rohingya Muslims,” it said.
The OIC said that the resolution also urged Myanmar to take necessary measures to address the spread of discrimination and prejudice against Muslims and members of national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities across the country, as well as to put an end to the incitement of hatred against Muslims by publicly condemning such acts.
The resolution further calls upon the government to take all necessary measures to end all forms of violations of human rights, including against Muslims by undertaking a full, transparent and independent investigation into reports of such violations.
It also urged the Myanmar government to take all necessary measures to prevent the discrimination and exploitation, including trafficking of Rohingya Muslims and others by addressing the root causes.
The resolution wants the government to ensure the return of all refugees displaced from their homes, including Muslims, in accordance with international law.
It urged the Myanmar government to grant full citizenship rights to Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, including by reviewing the 1982 Citizenship Law.
The resolution further calls upon Myanmar to ensure full cooperation with all parties and to allow full access of humanitarian assistance to affected persons and communities.
In this regard, the OIC wants the government to implement various cooperation agreements that had yet to be implemented between the authorities of Myanmar and the international community for the distribution of humanitarian aid to all affected areas, including Rakhine State without any discrimination.
The 57-member state OIC hoped that Myanmar will take the necessary measures to implement the resolution and alleviate the long-suffering Rohingya, described by the UN as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.