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Human Rights Council: On the HC Report on Myanmar, LAW Statement

Accountability & Rule of Law - Myanmar - Rohingya Crisis - Advocacy


HRC, High Commissioner report on Myanmar

Statement by Legal Action Worldwide (LAW)

26 September 2023


Mr. Chairperson, distinguished representatives, colleagues

We thank the High Commissioner for his report.

Today, I am speaking on behalf of Jaheda Begum, a 25-year-old Rohingya refugee working as a Survivor

Advocate with Legal Action Worldwide in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Jaheda along with her colleagues, has been advocating to secure justice and accountability for the

serious crimes faced by Rohingya in Myanmar, in particular during the 2017 “clearance operations”.

Please hear Jaheda’s message:

“We have repeatedly shared our stories with the world – the indiscriminate killing of our family

members, the torture, and the sexual violence committed by the Myanmar military. We demand

justice for these horrific crimes we have endured. This is not only a question of accountability for the

past – survivors in my community continue to face physical, psychological, and social consequences

due to the violence perpetrated against us.

We must return home with our rights and citizenship. However, the conditions for our safe and

dignified return to Myanmar do not yet exist.”

On behalf of all the Rohingya victims and survivors, I call on member states:

Ø To actively support the ongoing investigations by various bodies and their contributions to

international proceedings including before the International Criminal Court and the

International Court of Justice.

Ø Ensure robust witness protection is the need of the hour here in Cox’s Bazar for those

participating in the legal efforts against Myanmar military.

Ø Create a space for an active Rohingya participation in justice proceedings, with immediate

attention to creating pathways to deliver reparations.

Horrific crimes continue to take place in Myanmar. Two years since the February 2021 military coup,

the Myanmar military persists with arbitrary arrests, sexual violence, torture and murder of thousands

of civilians. Impunity perpetuates the ongoing systematic patterns of violence.

Thank you for your attention.

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