UN Resolution Condemns Human Right Abuses by Myanmar Army against Muslim Rohingya
December 28 , 2019
The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution on Friday that expressed grave concern about the continuation of Rohinga exodus from Myanmar to Bangladesh over the last 40 years. The resolution observed that the influx increased after Myanmar’s security and armed forces committed atrocities on them. Reports say that over 700,000 Rohingyas fled to neighboring Bangladesh after thousands of them were killed by the Myanmar’s army in 2017 after the Buddhist-majority country considered the Rohingyas as extremists. The UN resolution highlighted the independent international mission’s findings that found “gross human rights violations and abuses” by the security forces on the Rohingya community. The mission had described the atrocities by Myanmar army as “the gravest crimes under international law”. Out of the total 193 member UN body, 134 countries voted in favor, 9 countries against, and 28 countries abstained their votes. Myanmar’s UN Ambassador Hau Do Suan called it a “classic example of double-standards” and “selective and discriminatory application of human rights norms”. He went on to call the resolution a tool for exerting unwanted political pressure" on Myanmar without trying to find a solution to Rakhine state’s complex situation. Earlier this month, the leader of Myanmar and Noble Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi appeared before the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) and rejected the allegations of genocide. A report published by the UN Fact-Finding Mission in August found compelling evidence where Myanmar’s soldiers routinely and systematically used “rape, gang rape and other violent and forced sexual acts against women, girls, boys, men, and transgender people”.