Statement by Norway on the Human Rights situation in Myanmar

Statement by Norway, 5 December 2017.

As delivered by Ambassador Hans Brattskar, Permanent Representative of Norway.


Norway supported the call for this special session as we are deeply concerned about the grave human rights situation and the humanitarian needs in Rakhine State. I will thank the panelists, particularly those who bring the voice of survivors and victims to the Human Rights Council.

There is a pressing need for the authorities in Myanmar to end all violence, ensure full protection of all civilians without discrimination, and fully observe international human rights and humanitarian law.

It is of vital importance that humanitarian access to all parts of Myanmar is unhindered and granted.

Norway appreciates the constructive role played by Bangladesh and commends the government for having opened their borders and provided protection and support to the refugees.

The Government of Myanmar needs to establish a credible and practical process to ensure the safe, voluntary, and dignified return of all refugees to their original places of residence.

We welcome the agreement signed with Bangladesh on 23 November.  We strongly recommend both countries to continue engagement to ensure implementation and that you invite the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and other relevant international organisations in the Joint Working Group.

Norway welcomes the commitment of Myanmar to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. We also commend the government’s establishment of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine. It is important that the international community and regional organisations provide necessary support for its implementation. Norway is ready to support Myanmar in these efforts.

Finally, we encourage the Government of Myanmar to cooperate fully with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Fact-Finding Mission established by the Human Rights Council.

Thank you.