By Rohingya Action Ireland

Rohingya Action Ireland congratulates and acknowledges the enormous efforts of the Irish government and high-profile people and voices in securing a seat on the UN Security Council which begins in 2021 for a two-year period.

By the end of Ireland’s tenure, we hope that the most poor, vulnerable, marginalized and persecuted groups will see an improvement in their impoverished lives.

The Security Council is the most powerful body in the UN system where a country can influence international affairs. We are also aware that progress at that level is often blocked by the veto powers of larger nations.

However, as the body responsible for maintaining peace and security we hope that Ireland’s voice, along with the combined voices of the smaller nations, will make a positive difference for the Rohingya.

The Rohingya have been the victims of a genocide, perpetrated by the Myanmar Military and shielded by Aung San Suu Kyi. They have been stripped of citizenship and subject to major human rights abuses, evidenced by the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar and other research and reports by NGO’s working in the area of Human Rights and Social Justice.

We look forward to following the progress of the Security Council in the area of Human Rights, especially for the most stigmatized and persecuted in the world, the Rohingya.