Human Rights Council
25 February–22 March 2019
Agenda item 2
Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General
In its resolution S-27/1, the Human Rights Council requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to report on the situation of human rights of Rohingya at its fortieth session, including on the level of cooperation and access given to the independent international fact-finding mission on Myanmar and other United Nations human rights mechanisms, the implementation of recommendations of the United Nations human rights system, including those made by the Council in resolution S-27/1, and to make recommendations for future actions.
The report is based on a comprehensive review of 402 recommendations made by various United Nations entities and by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, appointed by the Government of Myanmar in 2016. The High Commissioner assesses the progress made in the level of cooperation with United Nations human rights mechanisms and in five main thematic areas: citizenship; participation in public life; fundamental rights and freedoms; displacement and the right to return; and accountability for human rights violations.
The Government of Myanmar has taken initial steps to implement some of the recommendations, particularly those made by the Advisory Commission. The overarching objectives of the recommendations, however, remain largely unaddressed, with no significant progress observed on human rights concerns raised in previous reports submitted to the Human Rights Council. The High Commissioner recommends that the Government of Myanmar take action to ensure compliance with its international human rights obligations.