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Human Rights Council, Special Session on the Rohingya of Myanmar, 5 December 2017

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Title: 27th Special Session of Human Rights Council. Webcast of the Adoption of Resolution A/HRC/S-27/L.1 -
Date of publication: 05 December 2017
Description/subject: 5 Dec 2017 - Draft Resolution A/HRC/S-27/L.1, 27th special session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation of the minority Rohingya Muslim population and other minorities in the Rakhine State of Myanmar... SPEAKERS: Myanmar (Concerned Country), Mr. Htin Lynn Saudi Arabia, Mr. Fahad Almutairi(Introduction of Draft Resolution) Bangladesh, Mr. Shameem Ahsan Myanmar, Mr. Htin Lynn China, Mr. Jiang Duan India, Mr. Rajiv Kumar Chander Philippines, Ms. Maria Teresa T. Almojuela Japan, Ms. Mitsuko Shino Ecuador, Mr. Walter Schuldt Mr. Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli, President of the Human Rights Council (Adoption) Bangladesh, Mr. Shameem Ahsan United States of America, Ms. Kelly Currie Egypt, Mr. Alla Youssef Indonesia, Mr. Hasan Kleib Mr. Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli, President of the Human Rights Council (Closing Remarks)
Language: English
Source/publisher: UN Human Rights Council via UN Webcast
Format/size: Adobe Flash or html5. 49 minutes
Date of entry/update: 10 December 2017


Individual Documents

Title: Council condemns alleged systematic and gross violations of human rights against Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar
Date of publication: 05 December 2017
Description/subject: "The Human Rights Council this afternoon adopted a resolution in which it strongly condemned the alleged systematic and gross violations of human rights and abuses committed in Myanmar, in particular in Rakhine state, notably against persons belonging to the Rohingya Muslim community and other minorities, and requested the High Commissioner for Human Rights to track progress concerning the human rights situation of Rohingya people, and to provide oral updates to the Council for a period of three years..." '
Language: English
Source/publisher: Human Rights Council via Relief Web
Format/size: html
Alternate URLs: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22493&LangID=E
Date of entry/update: 07 December 2017


Title: Situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar (resolution)
Date of publication: 05 December 2017
Description/subject: Human Rights Council, Twenty-seventh special session, 5 December, 2017: draft resolution...Adopted by a vote, (33 in favour, 3 against and 9 abstentions)
Language: English
Source/publisher: Human Rights Council (A/HRC/S - 27 /L. 1)
Format/size: pdf (228K)
Date of entry/update: 06 December 2017


Title: Statement by Ambassador H.E. Mr. Htin Lynn, Permanent Representative of Myanmar at Geneva, to the 27th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council
Date of publication: 05 December 2017
Description/subject: "Mr. President, Paragraph 117 e (i) of document A/HRC/RES/5/1 on working culture of the Human Rights Council explicitly mentioned the need for minimizing unnecessary duplication of initiatives with the General Assembly/Third Committee. The holding of Special Session today and its intended outcome thereon is a clear departure from this decision. As a matter of principle and like many is this chamber, Myanmar opposes any country specific resolutions. They are not conducive to meaningful dialogue but give rise also to polarization, division and even confrontation. The country specific resolution today is no exception. It is regrettable to see that our collective efforts in acting as responsible members of the council for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe are slowly and gradually drifting away from the cardinal principles of impartiality, objectivity, non-selectiveness and balance. Pre-determined politicization and partiality seems to be taking roots in our work. Myanmar undoubtedly is the one who has the highest concern about challenges in Rakhine State. Myanmar welcomes the assistance and efforts by the international community in addressing the issue. However, it should be part of the solution, not part of the problem. While we share the concern by the international community, any effort by the international community should not be fanning the flame on the ground. The draft resolution is focusing on a particular group of people belonging to a particular faith. Promoting and Protection of Human Rights should be for all people of the globe irrespective of race, religion and gender. A United Nations forum such as Human Rights Council should not be a platform for such a biased approach, setting a bad precedence for the Council. Let me turn to the text of draft resolution under consideration..."
Author/creator: Ambassador H.E. Mr. Htin Lynn
Language: English
Source/publisher: "The Global New Light of Myanmar" 2017-12-07
Format/size: pdf (143K)
Date of entry/update: 07 December 2017


Title: Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
Date of publication: 05 December 2017
Description/subject: "...In the absence of access to Rakhine State, it continues to be difficult to fully monitor the violations that have occurred, and are apparently still occurring. However, considering the decades of statelessness as well as systematic and systemic discrimination against the Rohingya; policies of segregation, exclusion and marginalization; long-standing patterns of violations and abuses with little or no access to justice and redress; and considering the recent allegations of killing by random firing of bullets, use of grenades, shooting at close range, stabbings, beatings to death, and the burning of houses with families inside; the serious bodily or mental harm inflicted on Rohingyas including children; the subjection to various forms of torture or ill-treatment, being beaten, sexually abused, raped; considering the forced displacement and systematic destruction of villages, homes, property and livelihoods; considering also that Rohingyas self-identify as a distinct ethnic group with their own language and culture, and are also deemed by the perpetrators themselves as belonging to a different national, ethnic, racial or religious group – given all of this, can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present?..."
Author/creator: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
Language: English
Source/publisher: United Nations Human Rights Council, Special Session on Myanmar
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 10 December 2017


Title: UN: China fails to scupper resolution on Myanmar’s persecution of Rohingya
Date of publication: 05 December 2017
Description/subject: "Responding to the failed attempt by China, Philippines and Burundi to vote down a UN Human Rights Council resolution on the situation of the Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar, Nicholas Bequelin, East Asia Director at Amnesty International, said: “The adoption of today’s resolution demonstrates the broad international concern about the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people so brutally impacted by the ongoing crimes against humanity in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. By voting against it, China and others showed how woefully out of step they are with world opinion on the crisis. “China has the diplomatic, humanitarian and economic resources to make a real difference in the lives of the Rohingya. But its current maneuvering simply seeks to intervene only to preserve impunity for horrific crimes. “Thankfully, the resolution passed despite its detractors, and states across all regions of the world engaged positively on it. The international community must now redouble efforts to urge Myanmar’s authorities, and in particular its military leadership, to immediately stop the violence and discrimination against Rohingya and other minorities, and allow unfettered access to the UN Fact-Finding Mission, humanitarian aid and independent human rights monitors. “This is crucial to lay the groundwork for accountability for atrocities against Rohingya women, men and children, as well as to ensure the voluntary, safe and dignified return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees...Background..."
Author/creator: Nicholas Bequelin
Language: English
Source/publisher: Amnesty International
Format/size: html
Date of entry/update: 07 December 2017