Thursday, June 21, 2018 | ePaper

Incidents in Rakhine bear hallmarks of genocide: Yanghee Lee

  • Print
UNB, Dhaka :
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee on Monday said the incidents in Rakhine State bear the hallmarks of genocide and called for accountability in the strongest terms.
Lee, who was informed late last year that her access to the country was denied, also expressed serious concern that the "repressive practices of previous military governments were returning as the norm once more" in Myanmar, describing the situation faced by civil society across the country as "increasingly perilous".
Delivering her report to the Council in Geneva, she told the Human Rights Council that to date accountability for the crimes committed in Rakhine following August 25, 2017, and October 9, 2016, was elusive, adding that this must now be the focus of the international community's efforts to bring a long-lasting peace, stability and democratisation to Myanmar.
"This must be aimed at the individuals who gave the orders and carried out violations against individuals and entire ethnic and religious groups," said Lee. "The government leadership who did nothing to intervene, stop, or condemn these acts must also be held accountable."
Lee called for a thorough, impartial and credible investigation to be conducted without delay and perpetrators to be held responsible for the alleged crimes that were committed  
 in Rakhine since October 9, 2016 and August 25, 2017, and for the violations that continue today, according to a message UNB received here from Geneva.
She called for the establishment of a UN structure, based in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, for three years to investigate, document, collect, consolidate, map, and analyse evidence of human rights violations and abuses.
The Special Rapporteur added the investigative body should maintain and prepare evidence in a master database to support and facilitate impartial, fair and independent international criminal proceedings in national or international courts or tribunals in accordance with international criminal law standards.

More News For this Category

Law soon to ensure death for drug patrons: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government is formulating an anti-narcotics law where there will be a provision of death penalty for the patrons of drug traders, drug

3 mayor candidates, 12 others collect BNP's nomination forms

Fifteen mayoral aspirants, including three incumbent mayors, collected BNP's nomination forms on Wednesday for contesting the elections to Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barishal city polls with the party tickets.The nomination seekers

Tough action for irregularities in GCC polls: CEC

Staff Reporter :Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda said that the Commission would not tolerate any kind of unfairmeans in the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) polls and if anyone

Struggle to protect Rohingya refugees

Reuters, Cox's Bazar :International aid agencies and Bangladesh authorities are struggling to protect hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees against deadly monsoon landslides and floods ahead of the peak rainy

3 schoolgirls raped in 3 districts

Three schoolgirls have been raped in Narail, Panchagarh and Bogura districts in the last two days.In Narail, a Class-VIII girl was gang-raped by three youths at Habkhali in Sadar upazila

30 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

Reuters, Kabul :Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, their first major attack since

Kim hails 'unity' with China in new visit

Kim hails 'unity' with China in new visit

AFP  :Kim Jong Un concluded a two-day whirlwind visit to China Wednesday, where he declared North Korea's unstinting "friendship" with Beijing in a show of loyalty to his main ally

Six killed in road crashes

Six killed in road crashes

At least six people were killed while 11 others injured in separate road crashes in Mymensingh, Narsingdi and Gopalganj districts on Wednesday.In Mymensingh, three people were killed and three others

ACC sets June 30 deadline to complete probes

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Wednesday ordered all ACC officials to complete enquiries by June 30against individuals or entities whose names have been appeared in Panama Paper and

Juba Dal Secy Gen Tuku put on remand

Court Correspondent :The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Court of Dhaka yesterday (Wednesday) placed Juba Dal Secretary General Sultan Salauddin Tuku on a 3-day remand in a case filed with Shahbagh