Myanmar rebukes UN over Rhakine genocide report

By Khine Kyaw , Yangon
Myanmar has responded to the UNs Fact Finding Mission that concluded genocide had been committed in Rakhine, saying the Myanmar Government did not recognise the mission and accused the writers of the report of aspiring to create a rift between the civilian authorities and the military.
“We have already dissociated ourselves from the resolution of the UN Human Rights Council, that means Myanmar does not accept the establishment of that mission. So we do not accept any finding of that mission, and there may be no approach to cooperate with the Fact Finding Mission. We don’t settle for the one-sided accusations by that mission,” mentioned presidential spokesperson Zaw Htay.
The UN report on Monday known as for the investigation and prosecution of Myanmar’s commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing and several different senior military officers for “genocide, crimes towards humanity and war crimes” over their duty for violence in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states. The mission and worldwide gamers also want to refer the case to the International Criminal Court.
“Actually, it is like an intentional attack on our country. For one factor, August 27 isn’t the date set for the launch of UN Fact-Finding Mission’s report, which was alleged to be submitted on September 18. But as the UN Security Council currently is holding a meeting on Myanmar affairs , we imagine the report was timed as a blow to us simply earlier than the assembly,” Zaw Htay mentioned.
“Our zero-tolerance policy on human rights violation could be very clear. We have already informed Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s military) and police to handle the Rakhine conflicts cautiously and legally, respecting human rights. If there might be any evidence of human rights violations, let us know and we will investigate and take extreme actions,” he said.
“Now, the Independent Enquiry Commission is doing its job very properly. It will definitely let us know if it finds any proof of such violations and then we’ll take actions towards those that are involved.”
The spokesman additionally denounced Facebook for banning Min Aung Hlaing and different Myanmar officials and organisations for his or her alleged involvement in genocide and hate speech in the country. The government has requested Facebook how the removed accounts may be retrieved, and whether or not it’s going to remove any accounts and pages created anew by banned army officers, he mentioned.
“This sort of intentional attack could have adverse impacts on our efforts for national reconciliation. I need to reiterate that there was no input by the federal government in Facebook’s ban on navy officers.”
Win Mara, chairman of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, mentioned Myanmar has incessantly requested the worldwide group to be sceptical of one-sided accusations.
“Everything appears to emerge from exaggerations about the conflicts,” he mentioned.
 

“The country’s human rights body is pleased to witness that the federal government has willingly adopted the suggestions of Kofi Anan’s fee and the advisory board led by Thailand’s former international minister Surakiart Sathirathai”, he mentioned.
“This was systematically arranged to assault our nation in several ways. It seems like an insult to our sovereignty,” he mentioned.
Min Zaw Oo, director of the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security, agreed, saying he believed it was a dishonest effort to foster confrontation between the civilian authorities led by Aung San Suu Kyi and the Tatmadaw.
The extra confrontations between the two institutions, the more durable will probably be to construct belief and peace, he stated. Elusive indicated that civilian authorities had little scope to control the actions of the Tatmadaw.
It also found that “through their acts and omissions, the civilian authorities have contributed to the fee of atrocity crimes”.
“The State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, has not used her de facto position as head of presidency, nor her moral authority, to stem or prevent the unfolding occasions in Rakhine state,” the report states.
Nay Zin Latt, chairman of National Development Party, stated battle in Rakhine was started by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). The army merely tried to revive peace and stability in conflict-hit state, he claimed.
“I assume everything was well-planned to pose further pressures on Myanmar, creating misunderstanding between the civilian government and the army,” he mentioned.
Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee

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