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20 March, 2017 12:16:28 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 March, 2017 10:55:36 AM

Justice for Rohingyas with int’l help seems far away

Justice for Rohingyas with int’l help seems far away

Things are not looking good for Rohingyas in Myanmar’s Rakhine state with regards to any possibility of a solution or getting justice for the atrocities committed against them by the security forces since October, 2016 through the help of the international community, diplomatic sources both in Dhaka and Geneva have told The Independent. The prospect of any action or even a strong resolution by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) or General Assembly or Human Rights Commission in this regard is highly unlikely at this point of time, they said. Referring to the blocking of a short statement on Myanmar at the UNSC on Friday, a source said, “The statement would have noted with concern renewed fighting in some parts of the country and stressed the importance of humanitarian access to all affected areas. This seemed an innocent statement given the magnitude of the brutality that took place in Rakhine against Rohingyas.”
“If this short statement can be blocked, one can only assume how difficult it would be for the members of the global body to agree to strongly respond to Myanmar’s atrocities against its own people,” he said. “There are many issues and interests between Myanmar and other countries, especially the powerful ones. The Rohingyas are simply being deprived of justice due to issues that are not related to them at all,” he added.
Another source said that despite the ‘compelling evidence of serious violations of human rights against Rohingyas, international movers and shaker are not acting, which is ‘unfortunate and encouraging for the Myanmar forces to orchestrate more atrocities’.
“Rohingyas and people who care about them are simply helpless in this regard and can only regret for the failure of the international community to act in favour of righteousness,” the sources said.
Meanwhile, at the ongoing 34th session of the UN Human Rights Commission, things are not going in the way the Rohingyas and their well-wishers wanted.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, while addressing the session of 47-member Human Rights Council, urged to, at least, form a commission of inquiry to look into the atrocities orchestrated by Myanmar security against the Rohingya populace.
“Last month I issued a very disturbing report on the alarming scale and severity of operations by the Myanmar security forces against Rohingya men, women and children in Rakhine State. These operations began in October, after a reported attack by armed assailants on three border guard facilities,” he said on
March 8. “Myanmar denied access to my office, so our report stemmed from a mission by my office to Bangladesh - where some 73,000 Rohingya refugees have fled,” he said.
“It found material evidence and corroborated eyewitness accounts of mass killings, including babies, children and elderly people unable to flee, and the burning of entire villages; shooting; massive detention; systematic rape and sexual violence; and deliberate destruction of food and sources of food. It appears that what has been termed by the security forces a "counter-insurgency operation" is in reality aimed at expelling the Rohingya population from Myanmar altogether, as the Special Rapporteur has said,” he added.
“The severity of the reported violations, against a backdrop of severe and longstanding persecution, appears to me to amount to possible commission of crimes against humanity, which warrants the attention of the International Criminal Court,” said Zeid.
While submitting her report of the visits to Myanmar and Bangladesh, UN special Rapporteur on Myanmar Yanghee Lee told the rights council on March 13 that the government of Myanmar might want to get rid of all Rohingyas from the country.
Even, the Annan Commission, set by the Myanmar government, in its interim report said that the perpetrators should be brought to justice.
Many countries delivered their interventions on the report, said the sources, adding that languages of some of the countries, who earlier used stronger languages, appeared to have been much softer.
Sources said that some of the countries withdrew their names from making any statements. Surprisingly, the sources said that the role of many Muslim countries and ASEAN nations are ‘nothing but frustrating’. The language of the United States was also not strong enough, they said.
About the reasons behind this type of role, the sources said that western countries have interests in Myanmar, while Muslim countries have problems related to human rights in their own countries.
Due to their ‘negative’ role, they said that it is now highly unlikely that a commission of inquiry will be constituted or the matter will be referred to International Criminal Court or the Special Rapporteur will be given additional powers.
“At best, it can be expected that a resolution will be adopted by the member states calling on the Myanmar government to investigate the allegations of serious violations of human rights by the Myanmar forces,” said a senior diplomat familiar with the process. “The voting will take place on March 24,” he said    
Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) on Thursday tabled a draft resolution calling for the UN to send an international fact-finding mission urgently to Myanmar to investigate allegations of torture, rapes and executions by the military against the Rohingya Muslim minority, according to Reuters.  
The EU draft resolution, submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council, strengthens language in an earlier draft that stopped short of demanding an international probe into alleged atrocities, it said.
Commenting on this, officials of the foreign ministry described it as a good sign, saying that it is result of hectic lobbying by many countries including Bangladesh.
“Let’s us wait to see whether it is passed in this form or in a softer language,” said an official.



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