UN releases report into crisis

Around a month ago, the UN released a damning report into the crisis. It says top military commanders in Myanmar should be investigated and prosecuted for the “gravest” crimes against civilians under international law, including genocide. Aung Sang Suu Kyi, the report finds, "has not used her de facto position as Head of Government, nor her moral authority, to stem or prevent the unfolding events in Rakhine".

The report, based on hundreds of interviews, is the strongest condemnation from the UN so far of violence against Rohingya Muslims.It also calls for the case to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, the investigators - Marzuki Darusman, Radhika Coomaraswamy and Christopher Sidoti – underlined the horrific and organized nature of the brutality meted out on civilians in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since 2011, as well as Kachin and Shan states.

“The fact-finding Mission has concluded, on reasonable grounds, that the patterns of gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law that it is found, amount to the gravest crime under international law,” Mr. Sidoti said.

“These have principally been committed by the military, the Tatmadaw,” he added, referring to Myanmar’s armed forces. “The Mission has concluded that criminal investigation and prosecution is warranted, focusing on the top Tatmadaw generals, in relation to the three categories of crimes under international law; genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.”

These are serious accusations; genocide is about the worst crime a government can be accused of. Aung Sang Suu Kyi has done nothing about it. Below is a short video from the UN explaining it further.

Do you think the report is correct? Share your views in the comments.



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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk 24 Sep 2018

    Hi honorable_bilberry! Thanks for researching this and finding such an interesting report. It's always important to hear what you think about the research you have done, so please add your own thoughts on a post, making sure it's always written in your own words!