2012 Statement


Statement of Japan (EoP) on the resolution A/C.3/67/L.49/Rev.1, entitled ”Situation of human rights in Myanmar”



Thank you, Mr. Chair.

       Japan joined the consensus of the resolution because we share the overall purpose of the resolution as well as the importance of sending a united message from the international community to duly recognize the positive developments that have taken place in Myanmar towards democratization and national reconciliation over the past 12 months.  It was indeed a land mark year.  Japan highly appreciates the series of measures taken by the Government of Myanmar, including the very recent amnesty as a real and substantial development.

       At the same time, Japan believes that it is important for the international community to continue to encourage the Government to take further steps forward.  Japan is also carefully following the situation in Rakhine State, including President U Thein Sein's recent initiative to hold a meeting with religious leaders of both communities as well as the activities of an Investigative Commission established by the Government.  Japan supports all concerned parties to work together constructively through humanitarian assistances to the affected communities.

       The approach of the international community on this matter should be one of dialogue and cooperation.  In this sprit, Japan hopes to see the Government continue to address the remaining challenges and take further positive measures so that all may reconsider the necessity of the continuation of this resolution.  The world will be watching.  Japan intends to continue supporting the Government's efforts to further improve its human rights situation by all relevant means including a dialogue.

I thank you, Mr. Chair.