UN / HUMAN RIGHTS MYANMAR

24-Oct-2018 00:02:04
The Chair of the UN Fact-Finding Mission in Myanmar, Marzuki Darusman stressed that “atrocities continue to take place” against the Rohingya population in the country adding that it is an “ongoing genocide that is taking place at the moment.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 24 OCTOBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

24 OCTOBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, United Nations:
“The Government is increasingly demonstrating that it has no interest and capacity in establishing a fully functioning democracy where all its people equally enjoy all their rights and freedom. It is not upholding justice and rule of law. The rule of law is an ideal that the State Counsellor repeatedly says is the standard to which all in Myanmar are held. However, I see that this is clearly not the case in reality. If the rule of law were upheld, all people in Myanmar, regardless of their position, would be answerable to fair laws that are impartially applied, impunity would not reign, and the law would not be wielded as a weapon of oppression.”
4. Wide shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Marzuki Darusman, Chair, United Nations Fact-Finding Mission in Myanmar:
“The Myanmar Government’s hardened positions are by far the greatest obstacle; its continued denials, its attempts to shield itself under a cover of national sovereignty, and its dismissal of 444 pages of details about the facts and circumstances of recent human rights violations that point to the most serious crimes under international law.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Marzuki Darusman, Chair, United Nations Fact-Finding Mission in Myanmar:
“I stress that atrocities continue to take place today. Even until this very moment, the remaining Rohingya community continues to suffer the most severe restrictions, the most severe oppression, and nothing has fundamentally changed over the past one year, since August 2017. It is an ongoing genocide that is taking place at the moment.”
8. Wide shot, press room
STORYLINE
The Chair of the UN Fact-Finding Mission in Myanmar, Marzuki Darusman stressed that “atrocities continue to take place” against the Rohingya population in the country adding that it is “an ongoing genocide that is taking place at the moment.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (24 Oct), Darusman said the big obstacle in the issue of Myanmar has been the Government’s “hardened positions” including; “its continued denials, its attempts to shield itself under a cover of national sovereignty, and its dismissal of 444 pages of details about the facts and circumstances of recent human rights violations that point to the most serious crimes under international law.”

The FFM Chair said four of the five requirements for genocide were fulfilled in Myanmar, including killing, causing serious bodily harm, inflicting conditions designed to destroy the group, and imposing measures to prevent births. He said besides the killing, the other requirements continue to hold. Darusman added that the underlying factor remains the genocidal intent, which he said was established by the FFM and as such it is warranted to bring the six generals identified by the mission to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or a judicial tribunal for prosecution, beginning with the Commander in Chief Min Aung Hlaing.

In March 2017, the United Nations Human Rights Council established the Fact-Finding Mission in Myanmar to establish the facts and circumstances of the alleged recent human rights violations by military and security forces, and abuses.

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said she had high hopes that the human rights situation in the country would be different with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in office, but stressed that it not much has changed. She said the civilian government was choosing not to use its power to increase the democratic space in the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, United Nations:
“The Government is increasingly demonstrating that it has no interest and capacity in establishing a fully functioning democracy where all its people equally enjoy all their rights and freedom. It is not upholding justice and rule of law. The rule of law is an ideal that the State Counsellor repeatedly says is the standard to which all in Myanmar are held. However, I see that this is clearly not the case in reality. If the rule of law were upheld, all people in Myanmar, regardless of their position, would be answerable to fair laws that are impartially applied, impunity would not reign, and the law would not be wielded as a weapon of oppression.”

Lee noted that the civilian government has the power to create legislative reforms to repeal oppressive laws, some of which have been in place since the colonial era. She recognized that economic and developmental progress has been made in the country, but unlined that no progress has been made in increasing democratic space in Myanmar.

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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