UN General Assembly urges Myanmar to protect Muslims

The unanimously adopted U.N. resolution urges the government to take action to bring about an improvement in their situation and to protect all their human rights, including their right to a nationality."

UN General Assembly urges Myanmar to protect Muslims

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.N. General Assembly expressed serious concern on Monday over violence in Myanmar and called upon its government to address reports of human rights abuses by some authorities.

Outbreaks of violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and the Rohingya Muslims have killed dozens and displaced thousands since June.

Rights groups also have accused Myanmar security forces of killing, raping and arresting Rohingyas after the riots.

The 193-nation General Assembly approved by consensus a non-binding resolution.

Insistence on denial

The unanimously adopted U.N. resolution "expressing particular concern about the situation of the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state, urges the government to take action to bring about an improvement in their situation and to protect all their human rights, including their right to a nationality."

At least 800,000 Muslim Rohingyas live in Rakhine State along the western coast of Myanmar, also known as Burma. But Buddhist Rakhines and other Burmese deny them as equal citizens of the country.

The resolution adopted on Monday is identical to one approved last month by the General Assembly's Third Committee, which focuses on human rights.

After that vote, Myanmar's mission to the United Nations said that it accepted the resolution but objected to existence of Rohingyas as a minority.

"There has been no such ethnic group as Rohingya among the ethnic groups of Myanmar," a representative of Myanmar said at the time. "Despite this fact, the right to citizenship for any member or community has been and will never be denied if they are in line with the law of the land."

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