POST TIME: 7 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Dhaka hopes tougher action from UN, int’l community

Dhaka hopes tougher action 
from UN, int’l community

Dhaka hopes that tougher actions will be taken against Naypyitaw after the discussion on the full report, prepared by the United Nations independent fact-finding mission detailing the atrocities against Rohingya population by the Myanmar military in Rakhine, in the upcoming 39th session of the Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) from September 10-28, according to Bangladeshi diplomats.

This will be the first UNHRC session to be held under the new high commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet, who was sworn in on Tuesday to replace Zeid bin Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein. On August 27, the UN fact-finding mission released its 20-page preliminary report with a set of recommendations that include prosecution of the Myanmar military leadership for genocide, crime against humanity, review of possible failure of the global body since 2011 and tougher sanctions.

The international independent mission will present its 400-page full report on September 18 before the council for discussion. The full report is likely to contain detailed accounts of atrocities and definition as well as interpretation of some of the crimes like genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Following the release of the preliminary report, the UN and the international body appeared to have felt some pressure to do something about it, the diplomats told The Independent, adding that Myanmar has rejected the report for obvious reasons.

The UN has been saying since August 27 that its secretary-general is giving special considerations to the report and all the relevant organs as well as the international community should take the report seriously, they said.

The global body also said that they studied the preliminary report, but they will also wait for the full report to be placed on September 18.

The international players including the United States and United Kingdom also took the same line. While acknowledging the disunity of the UN Security Council (UNSC), they expressed optimism that the report might have provided an opportunity for them to work together.

At the same time, they hinted that it will take some time for them before acting on the report.

“After the comprehensive full report of the UN independent fact-finding mission is placed at the HRC and discussed, the UN systems and the international community should be under moral obligation to take tougher actions against Myanmar including bringing the perpetrators to justice,” a senior Bangladeshi diplomat said.

“We are hoping that the world will look at the issue from the humanitarian perspective, rising above geo-political interest,” he said.

“Look, the UN does not have a bright image anyway when it comes to human rights violations in countries including Myanmar. And, the preliminary report was also critical of the role of UN since 2011 in relations to the Rohingya population,” said another diplomat.

“If the global body fails to take decisive action or actions this time round, its credibility will be further questioned and in the future, member states will not give the UN due importance as it deserves,” he said, adding, “The same applies to the international community.”

Another diplomat said, “No one is asking the UN or the international community to do any favour to the Rohingya people. All these persecuted people want is to live in their homes with safety and dignity and seek justice for the unprecedented brutal crimes committed on them.” “Most certainly, this is not too much to ask for,” he said.