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Updated On: Saturday, 21 July 2018
Development Issues

UN Fact Finding Mission to Myanmar

Content by: South-South News

5 January 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — A UN human rights expert warned that violence and allegations of human rights violations in Myanmar continue to impact the Rohingya community.

During an interview in Geneva, Marzuki Darusman, the Chairperson of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFMM), said that his team has gathered information from meetings with the Rohingya community in Cox Bazar in Bangladesh, adding that “the situation has not quite subsided in Myanmar. We continue to hear burnings taking place, restrictions taking place. And this continues to impact on the community.”

The violations include mass killings, collective rapes, burnings and abductions.

Darusman said, “The evidence of course would be to make conclusions and recommendations to the Human Rights Council and this would, of course, in terms of our mandate, include recommendations on steps to be taken in the area of accountability for those who will be mainly responsible for having taken part or been involved in these mass violations.”

In December 2017, the three-member team of independent experts paid a five-day visit to Malaysia where they met with the refugee communities.

The FFMM has had teams in Malaysia, Bangladesh and Thailand. The Mission hopes to get access to Myanmar to hear the government’s turn of the events by the end of its mandate.

The FFMM was established by the Human Rights Council in March 2017 and is expected to make its initial report to the Council in March 2018.

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