|In addition to the crime of deportation, Fortify Rights and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum published a report finding “mounting evidence” of the crime of genocide against Rohingya in Myanmar. The report was based on a yearlong investigation, including hundreds of interviews with Rohingya eyewitnesses and survivors of Myanmar Army-led massacres, mass gang-rapes, and arson attacks against Rohingya.
In Myanmar, the Government continues to confine more than 120,000 internally displaced Rohingya to more than 35 internment camps in eight townships of Rakhine State, depriving many of adequate humanitarian aid and lifesaving assistance. Rohingya throughout the country are also denied equal access to citizenship and face restrictions on their right to freedom of movement and other basic rights.
The Myanmar government claims that it has not deported any individuals and warned the ICC against overriding the “principle of national sovereignty and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states.”
From April 29 to May 1, a 15-member U.N. Security Council delegation visited Bangladesh and Myanmar to meet with Rohingya survivors of human rights violations as well as senior diplomats and government officials.
“The Security Council shouldn’t wait for a ruling to exercise their authority to refer the situation in Myanmar to the ICC,” Matthew Smith said. “A disturbing menu of crimes have been perpetrated against the Rohingya and require urgent attention.”