The UN has unanimously adopted the Rohingya resolution for the first time. The OIC and the European Union (EU) jointly adopted a resolution entitled “The Human Rights Situation of Other Minority Communities in Myanmar, including the Rohingya Muslims”.
This information was published through a notification sent from the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations on Thursday (November 18).
Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, said in her speech on the occasion that the Rohingya resolution was adopted unanimously for the first time at the United Nations, reflecting the strong commitment of the international community to resolve the crisis.
The resolution was lauded the generosity and humanity shown by Bangladesh in providing shelter and humanitarian assistance to the displaced Rohingyas and their inclusion in the national CoVID-19 vaccine program. It also acknowledges the efforts and investments made by the Government of Bangladesh in relocating a section of Rohingyas from the overcrowded asylum camp in Cox’s Bazar to Bhasanchar and for this purpose in building infrastructure and other facilities here. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Bangladesh and the UN Human Rights Commission was welcomed .
The resolution focuses primarily on the human rights situation in Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim and other minority communities, and on the context of the state of emergency imposed on February 1, 2021. The resolution called on Myanmar to fully address the root causes of the Rohingya problem, meet the obligations of the bilateral agreement signed with Bangladesh, and fully co-operate with all UN human rights bodies, including the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Myanmar. The resolution called for a vigilant eye on the ongoing trial and accountability process.
The resolution was welcomed the newly appointed UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Myanmar. It was also called for an action plan of involving Myanmar. The resolution called for the renewal and effective implementation of the tripartite memorandum of understanding signed between Myanmar, UNHCR and UNDP to create a conducive environment for the repatriation of displaced Rohingya in Rakhine State.
Ambassador Fatima said that the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina opened the border of Bangladesh for the displaced Rohingyas in 2016 on the context of humanitarian grounds. But it is deeply regrettable and concern that Myanmar is failed to create an environment conducive to the self-motivated, safe and sustainable return of the Rohingya that has created long-term problems in Bangladesh.
The Rohingyas are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress on repatriation, he also said the issue is creating various security concerns and instability in the region.
The Permanent Representative of Bangladesh further said that it is hoped that this year’s resolution will serve as an impetus to take practical steps to ensure a safe and dignified repatriation process for the Rohingya displaced in their homeland Myanmar which will play a significant role in resolving this long lasting problem.
This year’s resolution is co-sponsored by 108 countries that is the highest number since 2016. Apart from the European Union and the OIC, the resolution is supported and co-sponsored by a significant number of countries in various geographical regions, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan, and South Korea.
Expressing optimism about the resolution, Ambassador Fatima
said that this year’s resolution was adopted with a strong mandate which would give new hope to the Rohingyas as they are waiting for the way.
Top UN diplomats believe that the unanimous adoption of the resolution marks a major breakthrough in Bangladesh’s diplomatic efforts in the international forum on the Rohingya issue. Some expatriates who have a good idea about Bangladesh now have expressed deep satisfaction over Sheikh Hasina’s balanced diplomatic efforts in shaping the international public opinion on the Rohingya issue. -Daily Odhikar
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