GENEVA – Extremist actions led to the crisis in Rakhine in western Myanmar, the country’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said Tuesday at a special session organized by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The crisis has led to 626,000 Rohingyas to flee to neighboring Bangladesh over the last three months.
Htin Lynn dismissed all allegations of rights abuses against the Rohingyas, following an address by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who described the situation as “a genocide.”
The High Commissioner had also warned in his address that “by continuing to dehumanize the Rohingya the state authorities could fuel even wider levels of violence in the future.”
Lynn rejected the allegations asserting that the Rohingya crisis erupted not owing to government action, but because of extremist acts by Rohingya rebels.
He also rejected allegations of sexual abuse against Rohingya women as narrated by Special Representative of the Secretary- General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, saying they needed to be backed by evidence.
Lynn said the Myanmar government was committed to resolving the Rohingya crisis and improve their lives in Myanmar, including alleviation of poverty, the guarantee of basic rights and promotion of truth, harmony and reconciliation and repatriating those who are living as refugees in Bangladesh in keeping with a recent bilateral agreement between the two countries.