Pakistan's draft resolution on Myanmar is filled with factual errors
The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) states that Pakistan's draft resolution against Myanmar tabled at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday contains factually incorrect information.
It does not include key issues relating to the Rohingya refugees.
The draft resolution (A/HRC/29/L.30) titled "Situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar" tabled on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), among others, condemns the systematic gross violations of human rights and abuses committed in Rakhine State, in particular against Rohingya Muslims.
Pakistan puts out factually wrong position:
The draft resolution by Pakistan calls upon the Government of Myanmar to ensure the protection of human rights of the Rohingya Muslims, and requests "the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to present an oral update to the Human Rights Council.
It also seeks an update on the human rights violations and abuses against Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar, The resolution will come up for voting on 3 July 2015.
"The draft resolution of Pakistan in which one government from Asia tables a resolution at the UN against another government from Asia on the grounds of human rights violations is historic, it has never happened in the history of the UN.
Unfortunately it contains factually incorrect information. The resolution expressed "concern about the irregular migration in the Andaman Sea of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar" only but the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry in a statement on 2 June 2015 confirmed that 716 migrants rescued from the Indian Ocean and sheltered at the camps in Malaysia alone in May 2015 were Bangladeshi nationals.
This proves that the boats carrying the migrants in the Andaman Sea were either originating from Bangladesh or there are continuing infiltration from Bangladesh to Myanmar." Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights informed OneIndia.