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Dhaka seeks UNHRC's due role in solving Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 03:14 pm December 6th, 2017
Dhaka seeks UNHRC's due role in solving Rohingya crisis
Dhaka has urged the UN Human Rights Council to play its due role until a sustained solution to the Rohingya crisis is achieved. "Despite having had no part in the crisis at all, Bangladesh was facing enormous socio-economic, demographic and environmental pressure with the burden of nearly one million displaced people from Myanmar," said State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam on Tuesday. Shahriar, who was leading a Bangladesh delegation to the 27th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council, made the remark while speaking at the session in Geneva, according to a message received here. "Bangladesh, out of good neighbourliness, tried to resolve this matter bilaterally for decades," he said mentioning that efforts were not reciprocated specially since 2005. He said only sustained international pressure on Myanmar could ensure fulfillment of her commitments. Speaking on the session, UN Secretary General's Special Representative on sexual violence in conflict Pramila Patten noted that history would remember the hospitality and humanity that Bangladesh had shown to the Rohingya people. Many delegations including Japan appreciated Bangladesh's efforts under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in providing safety and assistance to those who have fled violence in Rakhine state. They also encouraged the international community to continue to assist Bangladesh and take appropriate measures to ensure a sustained solution of the crisis. The Special Session jointly called by the Geneva-based Permanent Representatives of Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia received an unprecedented level of cross-regional political support including from all the states of the OIC that are HRC members, all the EU States, the USA and Japan among others. A draft resolution submitted by Bangladesh on behalf of a core group comprising of Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Maldives, Algeria, Senegal, Sudan and Nigeria was co-sponsored by over 80 countries including the OIC Group. The resolution was adopted by 33 votes in favour, three against and nine abstentions. The 47-member Council, through the adopted resolution, requested the Myanmar government to fully cooperate with the Fact-Finding Mission that the Council established in its March Session this year. Addressing the Council, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein underscored the possibility of the presence of the elements of "Genocide"; and reiterated that the systematic attacks on the Rohingya community warranted the attention of the International Criminal Court. The Human Rights Council asserted that the systematic and targeted violations of human rights by the Myanmar security forces assisted by non-state actors in the Rakhine State are very likely to amount to the commission of crimes against humanity.
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