The report, continued from August, strictly denounces the actions of the Myanmar government in the expulsion of the nation’s Muslim Rohingya minority.
The U.N. had requested that charges of genocide be brought against key Myanmar military officials back in August.
The harshest condemnation, however, was reserved for de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose history of peaceful resistance has given way to complicit involvement in the military’s most atrocious decisions.
A key U.N. human rights investigator accused the former Nobel Peace Prize laureate of acting as a “fig leaf for military atrocities.”
His sharp criticism comes as a former columnist has been jailed for writing “abusive” posts about Aung San Suu Kyi.
“Repressive laws are being used to silence those that seek to scrutinize. We have verified instances of reprisals against individuals for sharing information with the United Nations. Peaceful protests are blocked, sometimes violently, as occurred in the village of Mrauk U. While voices critical of the government are muted by threats and arrest, hate speech is thriving, particularly against the Rohingya. Patience will not help Myanmar’s democratization; it will only help those that seek to derail it, as it has for over 70 years.” — Marzuki Darusman, chair of the U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar
Iron Triangle Press will continue to follow the situation in Myanmar as it develops.
To read our original coverage of the charges called for against Myanmar military officials, click here.