On August 27, 2018, the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar chaired by Marzuki Darusman (also Chair of FIHRRST) delivered its final written report to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. It is a culmination of more than one year’s worth of interviews, research and analysis by the UN panel and covers not only the atrocities committed against the Muslim Rohingya but also those in Kachin and Shan states, home to Christian minorities.
The report was the first time the United Nations has explicitly called for Myanmar officials to face charges of ‘genocide’ over their campaign against the Rohingya, and is likely to deepen the country’s international isolation.
The investigators also called for the United Nations Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar, subject its officials to targeted sanctions and set up an ad hoc tribunal to try suspects or refer them to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
“Our findings are grim,” panel chairman Marzuki Darusman told a news conference on Monday. “We believe that establishing the facts is the first stepping stone towards change.”
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