UNHRC adopts resolution on Rohingya issue

A resolution on the ‘Human Rights Situation of Rohingya Muslims and other Minorities in Myanmar’ was unanimously adopted at ongoing session of Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Since the massive influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar into Bangladesh in August 2017, this is the first time that any resolution on the Rohingya was adopted in the UN without a vote, due to the intense diplomatic efforts made by the Bangladesh Permanent Mission in Geneva, said a foreign ministry press release on Monday.

The foreign ministry said the adoption of the resolution by consensus is a big milestone for Bangladesh.

Earlier, at the initiative of Bangladesh, all member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) presented the draft before the Council.

In the context of the existing political situation in Myanmar, there had been strong divergences and differences among the UN member states on various elements of the text from the outset.

Finally, after tough and lengthy negotiations at several phases, the resolution was adopted by consensus by the Council today, said the release.

During the adoption, Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva Md. Mustafizur Rahman said, the issue of addressing the Rohingya crisis and the protection of the human rights of Rohingyas must remain high on the UN agenda.


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