Original HRC document


Document Type: Final Resolution

Date: 2015 Jul

Session: 29th Regular Session (2015 Jun)

Agenda Item: Item2: Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General

Topic: Myanmar, Minorities

Human Rights Council Twenty-ninth session

Agenda item 2

Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on 3 July 2015

29/21. Situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other

minorities in Myanmar

The Human Rights Council,

Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,

Reaffirming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant

on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and

Cultural Rights,

Recalling President’s statement PRST 23/1 of 14 June 2015,

Noting all relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and the Human Rights

Council, the latest being Council resolution 28/23 of 27 March 2015,

Stressing that States have the primary responsibility for the promotion and

protection of human rights,

Condemning all violations and abuses of human rights in Myanmar, in particular

against Rohingya Muslims and persons belonging to other minorities, resulting in their

socioeconomic exploitation, including forced displacement,

Noting with concern the irregular migration in the Andaman Sea of Rohingya

Muslims from Myanmar and their exploitation by criminal rings, and welcoming the

commitments by Governments in the region to provide temporary shelter and protection to


Acknowledging that the denial of citizenship status and related rights to Rohingya

Muslims and others, including voting rights, is a serious human rights concern,

Reaffirming the importance of cooperation with the Government of Myanmar in

taking all necessary measures to promote and protect human rights in its territory without

any discrimination, including against Rohingya Muslims and members of other

communities in Myanmar,

1. Condemns the systematic gross violations of human rights and abuses

committed in Rakhine State, in particular against Rohingya Muslims;

2. Calls upon the Government of Myanmar to ensure the protection of human

rights of all persons in Myanmar, including of Rohingya Muslims;

3. Also calls upon the Government of Myanmar to take the necessary measures

to address the spread of discrimination and prejudice against Muslims and members of

national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities across the country, and to combat the

incitement of hatred against Muslims by publicly condemning such acts;

4. Calls upon political and religious leaders in the country to work for a

peaceful resolution through dialogue towards national unity;

5. Calls upon the Government of Myanmar to take all necessary measures to

ensure accountability and to end impunity for all violations of human rights, including in

particular against Muslims, by undertaking a full, transparent and independent investigation

into reports of all violations of international human rights law and international

humanitarian law;

6. Urges the Government of Myanmar to take all necessary measures to prevent

the discrimination and exploitation, including through trafficking, of Rohingya Muslims

and others by addressing the root causes compelling them to be more vulnerable and

exposed to such acts;

7. Also urges the Government of Myanmar to take all necessary measures to

prevent the destruction of places of worship, cemeteries, infrastructure and commercial or

residential buildings belonging to all peoples;

8. Calls upon the Government of Myanmar, in conjunction with the

international community and in accordance with international law, to ensure the safe and

voluntary return of all refugees and persons displaced from their homes, including


9. Urges the Government of Myanmar to grant full citizenship rights, in keeping

within a transparent due process, to Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, including by

reviewing the 1982 Citizenship Law;

10. Calls upon the Government of Myanmar to ensure full cooperation with all

parties and to allow full access of humanitarian assistance to affected persons and

communities, and in this regard urges the Government to implement the various

cooperation agreements not yet implemented made between the authorities of Myanmar and

the international community for the distribution of humanitarian aid to all affected areas,

including Rakhine State, without any discrimination;

11. Requests the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to

present an oral update to the Human Rights Council at its thirtieth session and a report at its

thirty-second session on the human rights violations and abuses against Rohingya Muslims

and other minorities in Myanmar, particularly the recent incidents of trafficking and forced

displacement of Rohingya Muslims.

45th meeting

3 July 2015

[Adopted without a vote.]