Item 2: Statement on the High Commissioner reports on Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar

STATEMENT by Minister Counsellor Anniken Enersen at the 43 session of the Human Rights Council. Item 2 Interactive dialogue on the High Commissioner reports on Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar (res. 39/2). Delivered 27 February 2020.


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Thank you High Comissioner.

We recognize the complexity of the political transition and the peace process that the Myanmar Government is navigating, but the conflicts can only be solved through an inclusive dialogue and consultations with affected minority groups.


We call on Myanmar to strengthen their efforts to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. Norway is prepared to continue assisting your efforts.


We remain worried about the lack of improvements in general and the [alleged] use of sexual and gender based violence against minorities and the Rohingyas in particular.


Myanmar and Bangladesh, the UN and regional actors like ASEAN must work together to ensure the safe, voluntary and dignified return of all refugees. 


The IDP camp closure strategy must be implemented in accordance with international principles.


The report from the Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) found that war crimes and serious human rights violations took place in Rakhine. Those responsible must be held accountable through credible justice mechanisms.


We expect the order of the ICJ on provisional measures to by fully implemented.


We reiterate our support to all mandates and call on Myanmar to cooperate and grant access to them.


Thank you.