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Human Rights Council 38: Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on Rohingya

This UK statement was delivered at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council during the Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on Rohingya, held on 4 July 2018.

The Human Rights Council takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva
The Human Rights Council takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The United Kingdom thanks the High Commissioner for his statement, and pays tribute to the work carried out by his office during his term.

The plight of the Rohingya Muslims is a major humanitarian crisis created by the Tatmadaw. The UK has led the way in terms of both speed and size in its humanitarian response, contributing £129 million to the crisis since 25 August 2017.

In tandem with the delivery of aid and advocating for the safe, voluntary and dignified return of the Rohingya Muslims, the UK continues to strongly support efforts to hold to account those responsible for violations perpetrated, recognising that this is likely to be a lengthy process.

We continue to consider how we can best support the implementation of a credible accountability process. We welcome the recent announcement of a Commission of Inquiry with an international component. The Commission must be independent and transparent if it is to have credibility. We call for more information on the purpose of the Commission and details of how its impartiality will be secured.

We are grateful to the High Commissioner and the Special Rapporteur for their recommendations on accountability mechanisms and will consider these along with the recommendations of the Fact Finding Mission, due in September.

We would like to ask:

How can the international community support the domestically led accountability process while ensuring it is transparent and independent and within defined timescales for establishment?

Published 4 July 2018