UN / MYANMAR HUMAN RIGHTS

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“The entire situation in Myanmar must be referred to the International Criminal Court or an international tribunal established to ensure justice for the people in Myanmar,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, Flag row in front of UN Headquarters

23 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Med shot, podium
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar:
“The military is prosecuting a rising number of protestors, activists and journalists who are critical of it. As armed conflicts continue to be waged, I am again seeing conduct by parties that violates international humanitarian law and which may amount to war crimes.”
5. Cutaway, reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar:
“In Rakhine state the number of people displaced from their homes this year by the fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army has reached to a number of 60 000 people. Humanitarian access remains severely restricted and with the Internet shutdown now going into its 124th day the access and the support for the displaced persons… it has become a more dire situation.”
7. Wide shot, reporters
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar:
“The entire situation in Myanmar must be referred to the International Criminal Court or an international tribunal established to ensure justice for the people in Myanmar.”
9. Wide shot, press room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Marzuki Darusman, Chair of the Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar:
“And we’ve been able to establish that the impunity corelates directly with the capacity to commit atrocities. The resources allowed the Tatmadaw to operate outside of the state budget and outside of the purview and oversite of the civilian government and therefore there is a case to be made that the Tatmadaw has been able to operate so far in the last fifty years on the basis of its access to business and economic interest in the country. The correlation is direct.”
11. Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

“The entire situation in Myanmar must be referred to the International Criminal Court or an international tribunal established to ensure justice for the people in Myanmar,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee.

The Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee was in New York to submit her latest report to the General Assembly on the human rights situation in Myanmar. Speaking to reporters at the UN Headquarters on Wednesday (23 Oct), Lee said she didn’t record any discernable improvement in the country which she could report.

According to the Special Rapporteur, the Myanmar government is using repressive laws to silent its critics, while “the military is prosecuting a rising number of protestors, activists and journalists who are critical of it.”

“As armed conflicts continue to be waged, I am again seeing conduct by parties that violates international humanitarian law and which may amount to war crimes,” said Lee.

“Humanitarian access remains severely restricted” in the Rakhine State, home to a more than a million Rohingya Muslims who in 2017 fled the fighting and are currently sheltering in neighboring Bangladesh.

Le said “in Rakhine State the number of people displaced from their homes this year by the fighting between the Tatmadaw [Myanmar military] and the Arakan Army [Rakhine insurgent group] has reached to a number of 60 000 people.”

Also briefing reporters, Marzuki Darusman, Chair of the Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar said that in consolidating their findings if genocidal intent could be inferred to the Tatmadaw’s conduct towards Rohingyas in Rakhine State “we’ve been able to establish that the impunity corelates directly with the capacity to commit atrocities.”

Darusman explained that “the resources allowed the Tatmadaw to operate outside of the state budget and outside of the purview and oversite of the civilian government and therefore there is a case to be made that the Tatmadaw has been able to operate so far in the last fifty years on the basis of its access to business and economic interest in the country.”

“The correlation is direct,” underlined Darusman.

Special Rapporteurs are part of the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council and work on a voluntary basis. They are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.
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