Rohingyas seek int’l probe into atrocities against them

New York

The international community is reluctant to form an independent body to investigate crimes carried out against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, a campaign group has told media.
Hla Kyaw, chairman of the European Rohingya Council, said the UN, EU and other international organizations and states should support an independent investigation committee.
His remarks came after the Advisory Commission on Rakhine, led by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, released an interim report stressing the need for independent and impartial investigations into allegations of crimes committed by the security forces.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, and the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, both recently called for the UN Human Rights Council to establish a Commission of Inquiry into the situation in Rakhine state.
But the EU, Russia and China, along with some Asian countries like Indonesia, opposed the proposal, Kyaw said. “We are disappointed, sad and unhappy about the outcome of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council…The international community is so reluctant to support an international, independent investigation committee to investigate Myanmar’s crimes against humanity,” Kyaw told said.
“It is a crime against Rohingya people, a crime against humanity and it is a slow-burning genocide,” he added.
He criticized the UN for supporting an investigation commission formed by the military “to investigate the very crimes committed by the military”. “We are not satisfied. We expected much more than this. We expected that the international community would unanimously agree, would come to a conclusion, to set up an independent international investigation to investigate these crimes against humanity,” Kyaw added.
He blamed European states for backing Myanmar’s government and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi for the sake of their economic and political links.
“They always give them [the Myanmar authorities] space and time,” he said. Latest report said both Russia and China asked for submission of revised report.—Agencies