Maldives urges Myanmar authorities to fully cooperate with UN agencies to relieve the suffering of Rohingya Muslims


19 September 2017; Ambassador Hala Hameed, Maldives Permanent Representative in Geneva, called on Myanmar authorities to fully cooperate with the UN Fact Finding Mission and to also cooperate with all relevant UN Agencies and stakeholders to provide humanitarian assistance to the suffering population of Rohingya. The Ambassador made these remarks in her Statement to the 36th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar held today in Geneva.


Ambassador Hala Hameed also said that ‘the Maldives is appalled by the latest escalation of violence in the Rakhine state and expressed its deep concerns about the horrific reports of innocent civilians being killed during security operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.’ She further said that Government of Maldives adds its voice to the calls by the international community to the Government of Myanmar, to immediately cease all atrocities against Rohingya population and to respect International Law and International Humanitarian Law.


In her statement, Ambassador expressed the Maldives’ profound sympathy and solidarity with the people suffering in Myanmar and highlighted that a nationwide effort is underway to assist the Rohingya people in dire need, including the Government of Maldives facilitating a fund-raising telethon, in collaboration with the private sector and the people of Maldives.