Myanmar urges international community including OHCHR to view Rakhine situation through more objective manner

Writer: 
Chan Wai Soe
Myint Thu, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, reads out Myanmar statement at 38th session of the UN Human Right Council in Geneva on June 19. (Photo-MOFA)
 
Myanmar called on international community including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to witness Rakhine situation through more objective way capable of dealing with the problem, said Myint Thu, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 
 
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein made a speech on work procedures of his office and global update of human rights concerns at 38th session of the Human Rights Council. With regard to this speech, the General Debate was held. 
 
“The international community including the OHCHR is urged to view Rakhine situations through more objective way capable of dealing with the problem. Condemnation isn’t able to help solve the situation, but also it can worsen prevailing conditions taking place in Rakhine. This status of criticism is really different from a method of solving the problem peacefully and sustainably. 
 
“For enhancing and protecting human rights, disapproved evidences should not be chosen and used. Strong evidences must be spotlighted objectively without bias. Unless we fight off security challenges rapidly, dangers of violence will remain in between two communities. ARSA terrorists launched pre-dawn raids on police posts in Maungdaw and in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, the security situation deteriorated in the northern Rakhine State. 
 
“Amnesty International (AI) issued a report stating ARSA terrorists carried out massacre of 99 Hindus. The root cause of such grief is just violence. Violence cannot be ignored in any situation. For that reason, any problem should be addressed since the beginning,” Myint Thu said.
As the monsoon climate has already set in, humanitarian assistance is rapidly needed. Reacceptance process should make a quick start in accord with the 2017 agreement by Myanmar and Bangladesh. It is supposed that matters can make a quick start by singing MoU between the UNDP and UNHCR. UN agencies will participate in repatriation and resettlement processes for socio-economic development of Rakhine State, Myint Thu said.
 
Recently, Myanmar government announced to form the Independent Commission of Enquiry. It will be formed with internal and external scholars. Legal and technical experts will render necessary assistance, Myint Thu said. 
 
Translated and Edited by Win Htut