Army slams UNSC Request to Investigate Violations in Arakan

The UN Security Council asked the Burmese Army to let it investigate rights abuses in Arakan State, but the army refused, saying it was an internal matter, according to a detailed statement issued via Facebook by Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, reported the Irrawaddy.

It says, Olof Skoog, a member of a visiting UNSC delegation, said during a meeting with several top army generals that the Security Council was deeply concerned about reports of human rights abuses in Burma. The UNSC wanted to investigate these cases and he asked the army for its view on this.

Saying it was an internal matter, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing rebuffed the diplomat, and said the army and the government had investigated accusations of human rights abuses in 2012 and 2016 and had punished those who were held responsible for the abuses.

In response to Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s assertion that the Arakan case was an internal matter, Kelley Currie, the US Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council, said this was clearly not the case as 700,000 people had to fled to another country, Bangladesh. As such, the situation demanded that the UN Security Council take action as the case had become an international affair.