Humanitarian and civil society agencies working in Rakhine State in Myanmar and in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are deeply concerned that the repatriation of refugees will commence in mid-November, according to an announcement of the Joint Working Group of the Governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar on 30th October.
The Governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh have made assurances to the refugees and the international community that repatriation will only happen when it is safe, voluntary and dignified. We call on both governments to stand by their commitments.
Save the Children welcomes the establishment today by the Human Rights Council of an “independent Mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence of themost serious international crimes and violations of international law committed in Myanmar since 2011 and to prepare files in order to facilitate and expedite fair and independent criminal proceedings, in accordance with international law standards, in national,regional or international courts or tribunals that have or may in the future have jurisdiction over these crimes, in a
Save the Children welcomes the findings and recommendations of the full report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, released today, following the publication of the preliminary findings in August.
The full report finds there were consistent patterns of serious human rights violations and abuses in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States, in addition to serious violations of international humanitarian law. These were “principally committed by the Myanmar security forces, particularly the military”.
“Save the Children welcomes the decision that the International Criminal Court may investigate allegations Rohingya people were forced from Myanmar to Bangladesh,” Save the Children Country Director in Myanmar, Michael McGrath, said.
Save the Children welcomes the additional listing of the Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw Kyi, for grave violations of children rights, including killing, maiming and sexual violence, in the Annex of this year’s Report of the UN Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC). Tatmadaw Kyi was already listed for the recruitment and use of children.
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