International Community Calls on Burma to Cooperate with upcoming UN Fact-finding Mission

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses the 34th session of the Human Rights Council at UN in Geneva, Switzerland, in Feb. 2017. / Denis Balibouse / Reuters

By: Armani Rahim, Staff Correspondent, AW

29 April 2017

A letter signed by 23 groups is exposed allowing access to the unfettered zone in Burma to probe into the alleged human rights abuses  in conflicts areas of Arakan state and other regions. The world Human rights organizations underscored on  accountability of gross human rights violation in Myanmar and insisted that it will incur further oppression and discrimination for years minorities if not throughly investigated.

These human rights organisations have issued the call to the international community and world cheiftains urging them to pressurise the Burmese government into cooperating with a United Nations fact-finding mission on alleged human rights violations in Arakan State and elsewhere in the country.

The groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Burma Campaign UK, signed the open letter, calling on the governments of the United States, Britain, the European Union, ASEAN nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation(OIC) to “strongly encourage” Naypyidaw assisting with the upcoming mission.

In March, a resolution was approved at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council green-lighting an independent fact-finding mission. The ‘mission’ is being vested upon to investigate allegations of massive human rights abuses perpetrated by state security forces, with a special focus on northern Arakan State. The mission will also examine concerns in Kachin and Shan states as well.

Burma’s ambassador to the United Nations, Htin Linn, immediately rejected the decision in Geneva as “not acceptable,” reiterating the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s request that Burma be allowed to retain autonomy in dealing with the crises. India and China also disassociated themselves from the process.

“We are deeply concerned that if the government of Myanmar fails to fully cooperate with the Fact-Finding Mission, the situation in Rakhine [Arakan] State may further deteriorate. Failure to provide accountability may further fuel frustrations among the Rohingya population,”  the  signatories expressed their concern in the letter.

UN Human Rights Council spokesperson Rolando Gomez said the mission will go forward with or without the government’s blessings.

Many overseas governments have also been requested to Myanmar government to allow access to Arakan , UN-fact finding mission in the areas where human rights is violated grossly. They thought that the permission will help Myanmar to lessen it’s burden of allegations of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

 

 

 

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