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EU wants Myanmar to fully comply with ICJ order

  • Published at 11:33 pm January 29th, 2020
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File photo: Gambia's Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou and Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi attend a hearing in a case filed by Gambia against Myanmar alleging genocide against the minority Rohingya population, at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on December 10, 2019 Reuters

The EU says it stands ready to support Myanmar in addressing the root causes behind the conflict in Rakhine

The EU ambassador, European Union member states' ambassadors, and heads of mission resident in Myanmar want Naypyidaw to fully comply with the order issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on January 23.

The European Union has consistently stressed the importance of accountability for crimes committed in 2016-2017 in Myanmar's Rakhine State, said a statement issued by the EU delegation in Myanmar on Monday.

“On 20 January, the Commission of Enquiry established under the authority of the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar concluded that war crimes, serious human rights violations and disproportionate use of force took place during the security operations conducted by Myanmar's military and security forces between 25 August and 5 September 2017,” the statement said.

“The ICJ, in its order on 23 January, confirmed its prima facie jurisdiction and indicated provisional measures with regard to the situation in Rakhine State. We expect the government of Myanmar to fully comply with the ICJ order in the interest of justice,” it said. 

“The EU welcomes these important first steps towards acknowledging the severity and scale of the violence that occurred, the gross violations of human rights and the disproportionate use of force by Myanmar's military and security forces,” it added. 

“We hope that Myanmar will use these opportunities to make further progress on its democratic transition towards a society where the rights of everyone are fully recognised and protected,” it added.

“The EU stands ready to support the Government of Myanmar in any efforts to address the root causes of the multi-faceted conflict in Rakhine State, to implement in a comprehensive manner the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission and to achieve peace within Myanmar's borders,” said the statement.