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HRC41: Denmark alarmed by the most recent grave human rights violations reported to take place in Myanmar

10.07.2019  16:18

UN Human Rights Council, 41th Session
Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on the human rights situation of the Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar (follow-up to res. S-27/1 which required the HC to report at the 38th, 41st and 44th session)
10 July 2019
Intervention by Denmark

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Mr President,
Denmark aligns itself with the EU statement and thanks the High Commissioner for her update.
Denmark shares her concern for the continued grave human rights violations committed against the Rohingya population as well as other minorities in Myanmar. We share her concern for the Myanmar Government’s continued refusal to cooperate with UN mandates and procedures, including the Special Rapporteur and the UN Fact Finding Mission. The most recent grave human rights violations reported to take place in the conflict with the Arakan Army in Rakhine are alarming. We urge the safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return of the Rohingya to their homes and support the Rakhine Commission’s recommendations for sustainable solutions on the ground.
We call for the swift and full operationalisation of the Independent Mechanism as a crucial step towards accountability. The mechanism should work in full recognition of the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, and we follow closely the ICC Prosecutor's request to proceed with a full investigation.
Against the background of impunity for past violations and abuses, and the regretful decision by the Government of Myanmar not to cooperate with international mechanisms that pursue accountability, how do you see that the Independent Mechanism best can contribute to accountability?
Thank you