The Chairperson of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on #Myanmar, Marzuki Darusman, has delivered an oral update on the mission's work to the #HumanRightsCouncil in Geneva.
Mr Darusman said events in Myanmar since 2011 indicated the continuing need for independent fact-finding to establish what had happened and who was responsible. The Mission was mindful of the complexity of the situation and disturbed by the gravity of the allegations. The Mission’s mandate covered the entire country, in particular but not exclusively Rakhine state. The Mission was seized of the situation in other parts of the country, particularly where there had been armed clashes. In that regard, serious allegations of human rights violations and abuses continued to emerge from Kachin and northern Shan, which would be examined by the Fact-Finding Mission. The Mission focused on the period since 2011, the year of the breakdown of a ceasefire in northern Myanmar, and the heightening of tensions that led to large-scale violence in northern Rakhine in 2012. The Human Rights Council resolution had set out a list of alleged violations that should be included in the fact-finding.
Mr. Darusam respectfully appealed to the #HumanRights Council to consider extending the mandate of the Fact-Finding Mission by six months to September 2018, with the resources that would allow them to carry on their work at full speed.
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