Canada welcomes adoption of United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on human rights situation in Myanmar

Statement

September 28, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement regarding the adoption of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on the human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar:

“Canada welcomes the adoption by the UN Human Rights Council of a resolution—co-sponsored by Canada along with 104 other states—that will create an independent mechanism to collect and preserve evidence related to the human rights situation in Myanmar.

“We call for this new body to be established without delay, in order to prepare files to facilitate and expedite fair and independent criminal proceedings related to the human rights abuses against the Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar.

“Canada also welcomes the extension of the mandate for the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar and calls on the UN Security Council to accept a briefing on its crucial findings.

“The UN Human Rights Council resolution is part of our continuing effort, in coordination with international partners, to hold the perpetrators of this genocide to account. Canada calls again for the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court.

“Canada will continue to work closely with the international community to protect all people from the gravest crimes under international law, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.”

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Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Adam.Austen@international.gc.ca

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