Resolution on Rohingya rights situation adopted at UN | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 16, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:24 AM, November 16, 2019

Resolution on Rohingya rights situation adopted at UN

A resolution on the situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar has been adopted at the third committee of the 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

The resolution, placed by the United Arab Emirates and Finland on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the European Union (EU), received 140 votes in its favour and nine votes against it with 32 countries taking no side.

The adopted resolution will be placed at the General Assembly plenary in the next month, said Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations yesterday.

The UN member states who supported the resolution said it is a significant step for the protection of forcibly displaced Rohingyas’ human rights and their sustainable return to their place of origin.

Bangladesh thanked all the member states, particularly members of the OIC and EU, for the support.

“We look at this resolution not as a typical country specific resolution. We see it as a symbol of ‘custodianship’ of the international community to facilitate voluntary repatriation of the Rohingyas to their place of abode in Rakhine in safety, security and dignity through a bilateral process,” Bangladesh said in a statement after adoption of the resolution on Thursday.

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN, Masud Bin Momen, said creating conducive environment is the key factor as the Rohingyas told the world repeatedly and this resolution emphasises that point.

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