China Fails to Stop UN Security Council Myanmar Briefing

On Wednesday China, backed by Russia, failed to halt the briefing of the United Nations Security Council presided by a U.N. inquiry that blamed Myanmar’s military of extermination against the Rohingya Muslims and requested the 15-member council to push for justice.
Marzuki Darusman, Chair of the U.N. Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar informed reporters ahead of the council briefing that even now cruelty is being carried out against the Rohingyas.
With global pressure increasing on Myanmar to act responsibly after a Myanmar military suppression in the western state of Rakhine last year that displaced some 700,000 Rohingyas to Bangladesh border.
Darusman informed the Security Council that remaining Rohingya who are living in Rakhine are facing serious risk and even those who are returning back to their home are facing the risk of getting killed.
However, Myanmar has rebuffed the findings of the U.N. report. Myanmar’s U.N. Ambassador Hau Do Suan informed the Security Council that they are willing to take responsibility for the alleged human right violation provided enough proof is present.
The report presented by the U.N. inquiry committee, urged the Security Council to enforce an arms ban on Myanmar, directed sanctions and set up an ad hoc tribunal to deal with suspects at the
International Criminal Court (ICC).
However, diplomats feel that council veto powers of China and Russia can protect Myanmar from any action. Also, Britain, France, the United States, and six other members called for Wednesday’s briefing; however, China called a vote to try to stop the briefing. While nine nations voted in favor of the briefing; whereas China, Russia, and Bolivia voted against and Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea and Kazakhstan abstained.


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