OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) took note of the holding of general elections in Myanmar on 8th November 2015, with the official results released on 13th November 2015. It invites all political actors, especially the new
leadership, to take advantage of this historic moment to break with the past, and ensure provision of all human rights to the people of Myanmar without discrimination, including its Rohingya Muslim population.
By organizing its first openly-contested election since 1990, Myanmar has taken an important step in building democracy and establishing the rule of law. Equal rights and participation of all citizens without discrimination on any grounds are the fundamentals of any democratic setup.IPHRC calls upon the new leadership in particular Chairperson of the winning party -National League for Democracy- Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, to introduce real reforms and ensure that Myanmar continues on the path of progress and democracy with non discrimination and equal rights for all its people including its ethnic and religious minorities.
Voting and citizen rights, as explicitly provided in Article 21 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Artciles 25 & 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, should not be restricted anymore, and must be extended to all minorities, including the Rohingya Muslims. In addition, the IPHRC invites the new leadership to take immediate measures to
address the severe humanitarian situation in the Rakhine State. Inclusive development is the only way to overcome ethnic and religious tensions, and to start a new era of democracy in Myanmar that leads to peaceful co-existence among all factions of society.
For more information: Please visit IPHRC’s website: www.oic-iphrc.org