Burma Times Desk Report: May 30, 2015
The United Nations Security Council held its first closed-door briefing on the human rights situation in Burma, focusing on the dire situation of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, according to Reuters.
UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein “gave a powerful briefing on the dire situation and ‘institutional discrimination’ faced by the Rohingya in Myanmar,” a council diplomat present at the meeting told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Although US ambassador to the UN Samatha Power welcomed the meeting as a historic first, two of the permanent Security Council members appeared reluctant to take a stance against Burma.
Traditional ally China said countries should not interfere in Burma’s internal affairs while Russia said the UN Security Council is not a platform for human rights.