From the 27th December 2019 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that sat to approve the 5 Draft Resolutions on the Myanmar – Rohingya Muslims situation; Zimbabwe has UNSURPRISINGLY been fingered as one of the nine countries in the UN Assembly that voted AGAINST the resolution to protect Rohingya Muslims from the Myanmar army’s atrocities that include arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and deaths in detention.
The crisis in Myanmar has escalated in recent years following allegations of human rights violations committed by government forces against Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in the Rakhine State in the western part of the country.
Hundreds of thousands of persecuted Rohingya have since fled from the country, with the situation resulting in criticisms against Nobel laureate and de facto Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
It is in this regard that the UN General Assembly called upon Myanmar, through the membership voting (WHICH ZIMBABWE VOTED AGAINST) to end immediately all violence and all violations of international law in the country, and to ensure protection of the rights of all persons, including of Rohingya Muslims and persons belonging to other minorities.
On 27 December 2019, the 193 – member body voted 134 – 9 with 28 abstentions in favour of the resolutions.
Zimbabwe was historically the ONLY African country among those disappointingly indifferent to the horrible human rights plight of Rohingya Muslims together with China, Russia, Belarus, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam, while India and Japan deliberately abstained on the UN General Assembly resolution.
Despite the international legal action being taken against Myanmar, Japan believes that Myanmar did not commit state-sponsored genocide against Rohingya Muslims, Japan’s ambassador to Myanmar said.
“We fully believe that there is no genocide in Myanmar,” he said. “We are praying and hoping that the International Court of Justice will not issue a ruling for provisional measures.”
And justifying why the Philippines government voted against the resolution, the Philipinnes Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. noted, their decision was influenced by their membership to the ASEAN (Association of the Southeast Asian Nations), a regional association which Myanmar also belongs
“Will take it up with ASEAN including ‘abstention’ as an option in the future,” he wrote on his Twitter page
At the time of publication, iHarare had not yet established the reasons for abstention from other African nations like Angola, Cameroon, Congo and Zambia. While the reason for voting against by Russia and China – and more so, the official statement from the Zimbabwean government on their bold decision had not yet been established.
Only nine governments voted against a UN General Assembly resolution to protect Rohingya Muslims from the Myanmar army’s atrocities: Belarus, Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe has been on record for the worst human rights violations in the World, similar to Myanmar, which include the 1982-84 Matabele Genocide, August-army killings, rape, and arbitrary arrests on political activists. Online news