Myanmar permanent representative to UN strongly objects to ZeidRa'ad Al Hussein’s remark on ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ and ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ in Rakhine

Soe Min Htaik
The 36th Human Right Council of United Nations is in progress in Geneva in Switzerland on September 11.

Htin Lin, Myanmar permanent representative to United Nations, totally objected to the remark of ZeidRa'ad Al Hussein, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of United Nations on ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ and ‘Ethnic Cleansing’, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on September 13.

ZeidRa'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, mentioned the terms ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ and ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ in Rakhine in his speech to the Human Rights Council 36th session held in Geneva, Switzerland on September 11.

Htin Lin, Myanmar permanent representative to United Nations, responded in his statement that the terms “crimes against humanity” and “ethnic cleansing” carry very serious connotations. They can only be used in the most responsible manner. And they can only be founded on legal and judicial determinations. Democratic Myanmar shall never tolerate such atrocities. Myanmar strongly objects to the use of such terms by ZeidRa'ad Al Hussein. Using such terms imprudently without concrete evidence would tarnish the credibility of the Office, fan the flame on the ground, widen polarization between the relevant communities and mislead the international community.

Lower House MP Pyone Kathy Naing said: “We decisively objects to such terms of ZeidRa'ad Al Hussein. If such terms are wanted to use, international organizations should approach the ways trying to know real situations. They should study the acceptable situation of the State with interest. In such a sensitive state, such terms can bring about negative effects on the State and security forces to some extent. One-sided criticism can also mislead the international community. Such accusations should be rejected by using ways of removing suspicions.

“We have never seen such ethnic cleansing. This is because Bengalis start the problem. Bengalis started launching terrorist attacks on 30 police outposts. They are desirous of occupying the territory. Now we are accused of committing ethnic cleansing without concrete evidence. Therefore, it is not true. For us, it is unacceptable to us. I want to mention that Bengalis starts committing crimes. All ethnic IDPs who are fleeing Maungdaw are facing a difficult living. They have to abandon their native villages and take shelter in the urban area and they are losing their human rights.”  

Translated by WIn Htut