Myanmar’s government dismissed the report of UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday, which accuses state officials of crimes against humanity due to persecution of Muslim Rohingya and other ethnic minorities, the country’s government spokesman Zaw Htay said.
On Monday, the Human Rights Council said in a report that Myanmar’s officials are accountable for “gross human rights violations” in the country’s Rakhine state as well as for an ongoing persecution of other ethnic groups in the states of Kachin and Shan.“We didn’t allow the [Fact-Finding Mission] FFM to enter into Myanmar, that’s why we don’t agree and accept any resolutions made by the Human Rights Council.
“Our government has spoken openly to the world that we dissociate the resolution of the Human Rights Council, as a consequence, we haven’t taken part in it and denied it either,” the spokesman said, as quoted by the state Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper.
The UN Human Right Council also urged the UN Security Council to formally refer the government of Myanmar and its top officials to the International Criminal Court for prosecution of crimes against humanity.
The mass exodus of the Rohingya people started after Myanmar security launched a crackdown on Rohingya insurgents following an attack on the police posts which killed 12 servicemen.
The stateless minority has long been fighting discrimination and persecution, as the Myanmar government claims they are migrants from Bangladesh who occupied the Rakhine territory.
In spite of the fact that most of the Rohingyas were born in Myanmar, they have no citizenship and are deprived of the social benefits such as health care and education.