GENEVA / MYANMAR HUMAN RIGHTS

12-Mar-2018 00:01:37
The UN Special Rapporteur in Myanmar called for an “impartial, credible investigation to be conducted without delay and the perpetrators to be held responsible for the alleged crimes” against the Rohingya people. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / MYANMAR HUMAN RIGHTS
TRT: 01:37
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 12 MARCH 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Exterior Shot, Palais des Nations, UN Geneva
2. Wide shot briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar:
“I am calling for an impartial, credible investigation to be conducted without delay and the perpetrators to be held responsible for the alleged crimes of October 2016 and August 2017, and for the violations that continue today.”
4. Close up, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar:
“Investigations must be aimed at the individuals who gave the orders and carried out violations against individuals and entire ethnic and religious groups. The Government leadership did not quite intervene to stop or condemn these acts, and they also must be held accountable.”
6. Med shot, cameraman
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar:
“Accountability of the leadership, accountability of the State is important. Not just the military, but the leadership of the government.”
8. Med shot, journalist
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Yanghee Lee, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar:
“Knowingly not doing anything to stop or prevent crimes is part of accountability”
10. Various shots, journalists
STORYLINE
The UN Special Rapporteur in Myanmar called for an “impartial, credible investigation to be conducted without delay and the perpetrators to be held responsible for the alleged crimes” against the Rohingya people.

Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar was informed late last year that her access to the country was denied.

She told reporters today (12 Mar) in Geneva “investigations must be aimed at the individuals who gave the orders and carried out violations against individuals and entire ethnic and religious groups.”

Lee added “the Government leadership did not quite intervene to stop or condemn these acts, and they also must also be held accountable.”

She called for the establishment of a UN structure, based in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, for a duration of three years to investigate, document, collect, consolidate, map, and analyze evidence of human rights violations and abuses.

The Special Rapporteur added that the investigative body should maintain and prepare evidence in a master database to support and facilitate impartial, fair and independent international criminal proceedings in national or international courts or tribunals in accordance with international criminal law standards.

Additionally, Lee called for a comprehensive review of actions by the United Nations system in the lead-up to and after the reported attacks of 9 October 2016 and 25 August 2017 regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates and within the Human Rights Up Front framework.

Answering questions from the media, Lee emphasized that accountability for alleged crimes rested not only with the military but also with the civilian government of Myanmar.

She said “accountability for the leadership of the State is important. Not just the military, but the leadership of the government.”

Lee also stressed that “knowingly not doing anything to stop or prevent crimes is part of accountability.”

Asked if she thought that civilian government leader Aung San Suu Kyi could still play a role in preventing further human rights abuses in the country, Lee said that she hoped that the Nobel Peace Prize winner would “put her foot down” and say “once and for all, let’s stop this.”

The Special Rapporteur said she hoped to make official visits to India and China as part of her preparation to report to the General Assembly later this year, and said she remained hopeful the Myanmar Government would revisit its decision and grant her access.
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