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Myanmar rejects UN fact-finding report

  • Published at 11:49 pm August 6th, 2019
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Myanmar border guard police stand guard at Goke Pi outpost in Buthidaung during a government organized media tour in Rakhine, Myanmar, January 7, 2019 Reuters

Naypyidaw never admits its problem, says unsurprised diplomat

The Myanmar government has rejected a UN independent fact-finding report released on Monday that exposed the vast business the military is engaged in and called for imposing arms embargoes against Naypyidaw.

“Myanmar opposed the establishment of the fact-finding mission by the (UN) Human Rights Council as it was based on unfounded allegations. We have made our position abundantly clear and we do not recognize the report of the fact-finding mission,” said a press statement issued by the country’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.

“We adhere firmly to the position that cooperation should be the basis for the resolution of international issues, including that of human rights. We do not believe that economic sanctions will resolve the challenges that need to be overcome,” it said.

When contacted, a senior Bangladeshi diplomat told Dhaka Tribune that he is not at all surprised by Myanmar’s rejection of the report.

“They [Myanmar] never admit their problem. Had they realized it, the crisis would not exist,” he said.

The statement of the Myanmar Foreign Ministry claimed that it is the principled position of the government to have accountability and therefore an “independent commission of enquiry” was set up to address this issue in the Rakhine state.

“The Myanmar Armed Forces have also established its own commission of enquiry to address the allegation of human rights violations in northern Rakhine,” it said.

“In setting up the fact-finding mission, the Human Rights Commission exceeded its mandate and contravened the terms and practices of international law. We do not recognize either the fact-finding mission or the report that it produced,” it added.

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