Prothom Alo English Desk | Jun 29, 2019
The Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh ambassador Masud Bin Momen has highlighted the United Nation’s systematic failure to prevent atrocities in Rakhine state of Myanmar, reports UNB.
He referred to the recent report on ‘Independent inquiry into the involvement of the UN in Myanmar from 2010 to 2018’ of Gert Rosenthal, the former Guatemalan foreign minister.
“There is no denying what has happened to the Rohingyas. Although with the available resources and technology, lack of early warning is rarely a problem, UN mechanisms in Myanmar could not provide early warning,” said Momen.
The problem was even bigger – not unsurprisingly though – it was not lack of warning but of timely response, he said.
“Very recently, from Rosenthal report, we have come to know in detail why and where UN failed.”
Ambassador Masud was speaking at the Plenary debate titled, “The responsibility to protect (R2P) and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity: report of the Secretary-General” in New York recently, said the Bangladesh Mission on Saturday.
Quoting from Rosenthal’s report, he said it must also be said that the United Nations’ collective membership, represented by the Security Council, bears part of that responsibility, by not providing enough support to the Secretariat when such backing was and continues to be essential.
“If there is one single action that might have altered the course of events in Myanmar it would have been the timely and impartial presence in Rakhine State of some type of United Nations observatory that would offer a measure of confidence to the oppressed minorities that their basic human rights would be respected, and that the root causes that led to their forced emigration would be addressed by the national authorities.”
Mentioning the generosity of the government and people of Bangladesh, Momen said the international community haplessly observed the Rohingyas fleeing persecution and atrocity crimes.
These persecuted people were given shelter in Bangladesh when they had no place to go to, he said.
He urged the international community, in particular the UN Security Council, to consider and come forward to support the pillars II & III of the R2P which clearly stated about the accountability of such barbaric acts and responsibility of the UN to protect against these kinds of acts.
“We must not fail the Rohingya population. The solution to this problem lies first and foremost with the Myanmar authorities, and they will have to resolve it by creating the conditions conducive for the Rohingya population to return home in safety,” he said.
“The Responsibility to Protect and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” is one the formal agenda of UNGA’s 73rd session.
María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, the president of the 73rd UNGA and Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet on behalf of the Secretary-General spoke at the inauguration of the occasion.
More than 70 member states spoke at the debate.