Disband “Biased” Panel on Crimes Against Rohingya: Human Rights Watch

12/29/2018

Human Rights Watch today said Myanmar should disband its commission of inquiry into abuses in Rakhine state because it is clearly unwilling to seriously investigate alleged grave crimes against ethnic Rohingya. At a news conference, Rosario Manalo, chair of the Independent Commission of Enquiry, stated that the commission had found “no evidence” to support allegations of human rights abuses in the four months since it officially opened its investigation, the New York-based human rights organization said in a report published yesterday. Her statement shows that the commission is disregarding evidence and testimony collected by United Nations fact-finders, the United States State Department, and international human rights organizations since violence broke out in Rakhine State in 2016, it said. “The Myanmar commission’s dismissal of the extensive documentation of gross human rights abuses against the Rohingya makes abundantly clear that it is not serious about seeking justice,” said Brad Adams, Asia director of the Human Rights Watch. “The UN Security Council should stop giving credence to this commission and refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court."

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