第41回人権理事会 議題4 ミャンマーの人権状況に関する特別報告者とのインタラクティブ・ダイアローグにおける岡庭健大使によるステートメント(令和元年7月2日)

2019/7/3
The 41st Session of the Human Rights Council (2 July 2019)

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, Mr. President.

 Japan takes note of the oral update by the Special Rapporteur.

 Myanmar continues to face various challenges. We appreciate the unilateral ceasefire by the Military in the northeast including Kachin and Shan States, and call for its continuation. Japan will continue to provide maximum support to facilitate the peace process.

 As regards Rakhine State, it is a matter of urgency to improve the situation and create conditions for “safe, voluntary and dignified” repatriation of displaced persons in cooperation with the United Nations. In this connection, we appreciate the extension of the MOU between Myanmar, UNDP and UNHCR. We expect the humanitarian access to be maintained and expanded.

 With respect to allegations of human rights violations in the northern part of Rakhine State, it is critically important that the Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) established by Myanmar conduct credible and transparent investigations, and that appropriate measures are taken. Japan continues to call on the Government and the Military to cooperate with the investigations of the ICOE.

 The international community should continue to encourage and support Myanmar’s efforts towards democratization and promotion of human rights with patience. In this regard, Japan appreciates the recent efforts by ASEAN.