In a recent statement issued by the spokesman of Myanmar, Zaw Htay, the government has denied the UN’s accusations of mass genocide against the Rohingya community.
The statement said, “The country didn’t agree with or accept any resolutions made by the Human Rights Council.”
On Monday, the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released their report, accusing the Myanmar commander-in-chief and a number of senior military generals of ‘genocidal intent’ against the Rohingya Muslim community.
However, yesterday, Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay addressed the media through the state news, Global New Light of Myanmar, and stated, “We didn’t allow the FFM [the UN Fact-Finding Mission] to enter into Myanmar, that’s why we don’t agree and accept any resolutions made by the Human Rights Council.”
Htay further added, “Myanmar had its own Independent Commission of Enquiry to respond to the ‘false allegations’ made by the UN agencies and other international communities.”
The mass killing of over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims and other atrocities carried out by the Myanmar military – and endorsed by the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi – were also denied by Myanmar’s ally country, China.
The Chinese government had previously stated that ‘historical, religious and ethnic background of the Rakhine issue’ was ‘extremely complex’. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, said, “Unilateral criticism or exerting pressure is actually not helpful in resolving the problem.”
However, many significant world leaders and personalities – including Hollywood celebrities – have come forward and expressed solidarity with the Rohingya Community.
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and actress Cate Blanchett also addressed Rohinya crisis at UN Security Council and urged for the world to unite and condemn the killings.
Blanchett addressed the UNSC recently after the UN issued their fact finding report and accused the Military of Myanmar of trying to execute a genocide against the Rohingya Muslims.
She started off by saying, “I am not here as an expert. I stand before you only as a witness. As someone who has seen and cannot look away.”
She ended her speech in a straightforward and alarming manner stating, “There are no short cuts. There are no alternatives. We have failed the Rohingya before. Please, let us not fail them again.”
Watch the speech here: