Item 4: Interactive Dialogue with Ms. Yanghee Lee,
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar
Statement by Ambassador Ken OKANIWA
The Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva
Thank you, Madam Vice-President.
Japan takes note of the report by the Special Rapporteur.
At the bilateral human rights dialogue held in Tokyo on 1 March, Japan urged Myanmar to further improve its human rights situations, including in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States.
As regards Rakhine State, it is a matter of urgency to improve the situation and enable “safe, voluntary and dignified” repatriation with the cooperation of the UN. We hope Myanmar will cooperate constructively with the international community to create an environment that is conducive for repatriation.
We are monitoring with concern the security situation in northern Rakhine State after attacks by the Arakan Army last month. Japan is urging Myanmar to ensure access to humanitarian assistance.
Japan hopes that the Quick Impact Projects (QIP) will soon commence which will then lead to full-scale support projects.
It is critically important that the ICOE established by Myanmar conduct credible and transparent investigations on alleged human rights violations and appropriate measures are taken. Japan continues to call on the Myanmar government and its military to cooperate with investigations of the ICOE.
The international community should continue to encourage and support Myanmar’s efforts with patience. In this regard, Japan particularly appreciates the active support by ASEAN.
Madam Special Rapporteur, how should the international community support Myanmar’s efforts?
I thank you.