GENEVA / ROHINGYA OHCHR REPORT

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Myanmar security forces and armed individuals are responsible for the brutal attacks against Rohingya in the country's northern Rakhine State, according to "credible information" gathered by a team from the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / ROHINGYA OHCHR REPORT
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 OCTOBER 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Hunecke, Teamleader OHCHR Rapid Response Mission to Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh:
“The credible information we gathered indicates that the destruction of Rohingya villages in northern Rahkine State and other human rights violations committed in the aftermath of 25 august attacks were executed in a well-organized, coordinated and systematic manner. The information reveals that these human rights violations were committed against the Rohingy population in northern Rahkine in Myanmar by the Myanmar security forces often in concert with armed Rakhine Buddhist individuals”.
4. Close up, Photographer
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Hunecke, Teamleader OHCHR Rapid Response Mission to Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh:
“The credible information collected also indicated that the Myanmar security forces purposely destroyed the property of the Rohingya population, scorched their dwellings and entire villages in Northern Rahkine state, not only to drive the population out in droves but also to prevent the fleeing Rohingya victims from returning to their homes. The destruction by the Tatmadaw of houses, fields, food stocks, crops, live stocks and even trees rendered the possibility of the Rohingya returning to a normal life and livelihoods in the future in Northern Rakhine almost impossible”.
6. Close up, spokesperson
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Hunecke, Teamleader OHCHR Rapid Response Mission to Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh:
“The people we spoke to they did not exclude a return because we are talking about a place they have been living for probably generations as well, so there was a feeling of return as well. But many we have spoken to were extremely extremely traumatised and still dealt with the loss of a great number of family members”.
8. Medium shot, cameramen
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Hunecke, Teamleader OHCHR Rapid Response Mission to Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh:
“We cannot make an indication as to how many landmines injuries or deaths have been caused by these landmines, because simply we didn’t have the time to thoroughly verify the information. What we have received is at least confirmed number of incidents, 11 incidents, and throughout during our visit in the District hospital of Cox Bazar or in medical centres in the various camps, makeshift settlements, doctors present referred to us - Yes, they were constantly treating landmine victims”.
10. Wide shot, press briefing room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jyoti Sanghera, OHCHR Director of the Asia and Pacific region:
“In terms of the repatriations, I think the governments needs to make clear what their proposals are, if there is a return to their country, they should be able to return where all of their rights - civil, political, social and economic and cultural - are protected and upheld. And that there are dignified livelihoods and that this level of violence or any violence for that matter will not continue and systematic discrimination which they have faced, the Rohingya people have faced, should stop through proper legal documents of either citizenship or whatever the international community agrees to”.
12. Medium shot, journalists
13. Close up, photographer

STORYLINE:

Myanmar security forces and armed individuals are responsible for the brutal attacks against Rohingya in the country's northern Rakhine State, according to "credible information" gathered by a team from the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR).

Thomas Hunecke, who led OHCHR’s team that went to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, told media in Geneva today (11 Oct) that “the credible information we gathered indicates that the destruction of Rohingya villages in northern Rahkine State and other human rights violations committed in the aftermath of 25 August attacks were executed in a well-organized, coordinated and systematic manner.”

Hunecke added that “the information reveals that these human rights violations were committed against the Rohingya population in northern Rahkine in Myanmar by the Myanmar security forces, often in concert with armed Rakhine Buddhist individuals”.

The UN human rights report released today, based on 65 interviews with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, revealed that Myanmar military had “purposely destroyed” Rohingya villages to make their return “almost impossible.”

Hunecke said that “the credible information collected also indicated that the Myanmar security forces purposely destroyed the property of the Rohingya population, scorched their dwellings and entire villages in Northern Rahkine state, not only to drive the population out in droves but also to prevent the fleeing Rohingya victims from returning to their homes.”

He added that “the destruction by the Tatmadaw of houses, fields, food stocks, crops, live stocks and even trees rendered the possibility of the Rohingya returning to a normal life and livelihoods in the future in Northern Rakhine almost impossible”.

OHCHR’s report also highlights a strategy to “instil deep and widespread fear and trauma” among the Rohingya population. More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since the Myanmar security forces launched an operation in response to alleged attacks by militants on 25 August against 30 police posts and a regimental headquarters.

OHCHR’s Hunecke said that “the people we spoke to they did not exclude a return because we are talking about a place they have been living for probably generations as well, so there was a feeling of return as well. But many we have spoken to were extremely extremely traumatised and still dealt with the loss of a great number of family members.”

Hunecke said that it was highly likely that Myanmar security forces planted landmines along the border to prevent Rohingya from returning.

He added “we cannot make an indication as to how many landmines injuries or deaths have been caused by these landmines, because simply we didn’t have the time to thoroughly verify the information. What we have received is at least confirmed number of incidents, 11 incidents, and throughout during our visit in the District hospital of Cox Bazar or in medical centres in the various camps, makeshift settlements, doctors present referred to us - Yes, they were constantly treating landmine victims”.

UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who has described the Government operations in northern Rakhine State as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” has also urged the Government to immediately end its “cruel” security operations.

Jyoti Sanghera, OHCHR’s Director of the Asia and Pacific region, appealed to the Myanmar government to enable the Rohingya to return and that their civil, political, social and economic and cultural will be upheld.

She said “in terms of the repatriations, I think the governments needs to make clear what their proposals are, if there is a return to their country, they should be able to return where all of their rights - civil, political, social and economic and cultural - are protected and upheld. And that there are dignified livelihoods and that this level of violence or any violence for that matter will not continue and systematic discrimination which they have faced, the Rohingya people have faced, should stop through proper legal documents of either citizenship or whatever the international community agrees to.”
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