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HRC38: Statement by Denmark in interactive dialogue with the High Commissioner on Human Rights on the situation of the Rohingya



UN Human Rights Council
 38th Session
 Interactive dialogue with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of the Rohingyas, 4 July 2018
 Intervention by Denmark
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Thank you, Mr President
 Denmark aligns itself with the EU statement.

Denmark is committed to supporting a democratic transition in Myanmar. Yet we remain deeply concerned by the situation of human rights in the country, including for the Rohingya population in Rakhine State. We are shocked by the atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces since August 2017, which have led to more than 700.000 Rohingyas fleeing to Bangladesh, but also by reports of serious human rights violations committed by ARSA during its attacks on 25 August.
 Impunity must end on all sides. We welcome the announcement by Myanmar’s Government to set up an Independent Commission of Inquiry with an international personality to investigate human rights violations in Rakhine State. This should contribute to ensuring full accountability. We expect the commission to conduct full, objective and transparent investigations. At the same time, we strongly urge the Government to cooperate with the UN Fact Finding Mission and the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar.

We also welcome the MOU signed on 6 June between Myanmar’s Government and UNHCR and UNDP as an important and necessary step towards creating the conditions for safe, voluntary and dignified returns of refugees from Bangladesh. Denmark now expects Myanmar’s Government to provide the UN and other international partners as well as independent media full access to the whole of Rakhine State. Refugees in Bangladesh need complete transparency to make informed decisions about their voluntary return. At the same time, it is essential to address the root causes of the crisis in Rakhine through the comprehensive implementation of all the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission, including on segregation, lack of security, statelessness and discrimination.

In closing, we would ask the High Commissioner to present his views on how the Council and its members can best help improve the situation of human rights for the Rohingyas in Myanmar.

 Thank you.