UN Official Not Hopeful of ICC Trial Over Crimes Against Rohingya


Rohingya population fleeing the atrocities of Myanmar forces in Myanmar. — File photo

Perpetrators of crimes on Rohingya Muslims are being protected by powerful foreign allies, said UN special rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee.

DHAKA (AFP) — A top UN rights expert said Rohingya were still being persecuted inside Myanmar but warned there is little chance perpetrators will end up in the dock because they are protected by powerful foreign allies.

UN special rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee made the stark comments during a visit to Bangladesh where more than 700,000 of the Muslim minority have fled a massive security crackdown by Myanmar’s military since last August.

The UN’s rights watchdog and US have accused Myanmar of ethnic cleansing after refugees, rights groups and reporters documented harrowing tales of rape, murder and razed villages since the crackdown began in response to a series of ambushes by Rohingya militants.

“Systematic violence targeting against the remaining Rohingya population continues,” the South Korean academic told reporters in Dhaka after visiting camps in Bangladesh’s south where some one million Rohingya refugees now reside.

But she tempered expectations that Myanmar’s generals would see the inside of the International Criminal Court in the Hague any time soon, suggesting Russia and China will shield them.

“As you know referral to the ICC under the current structure of the international fora is that [the UN] Security Council has to refer to the ICC,” she said. “As you know there are two permanent seats in the ICC that are friends of Myanmar that will not make this happen,” she added.

She did not names the countries, but previously permanent members Russia and China have supported Myanmar in the Security Council and defended it from further censure.

Myanmar has vehemently denied ethnic cleansing accusations, portraying its crackdown as a legitimate response to the threat posed by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, a small militant outfit.

Early this week UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he heard “unimaginable” accounts of atrocities during a visit to Bangladesh’s refugee camps and called for Myanmar to be held responsible for “crimes” against the Rohingya.

Clarion India - News, Views and Insights about Indian Muslims, Dalits, Minorities, Women and Other Marginalised and Dispossessed Communities.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:




More like this

M S Swaminathan: A Light that Shone was No Ordinary Light

NEW DELHI - M.S Swaminathan is no more. The...

Will You Resign if Nothing Found in Probe, Kejriwal Asks PM Modi over House Renovation Row

NEW DELHI- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on...

Govt Crushed Hopes & Dreams of Youth, Leading to Rising Suicides among Them: Congress

NEW DELHI - Congress on Thursday again trained its...

LS Speaker Refers Complaint against BJP MP Bidhuri to Privileges Committee

NEW DELHI - Days after several Opposition MPs wrote...