Naypyidaw rejects the UN accusations on the 'Rohingya genocide'
The government relies on the Independent Commission of Inquiry (ICoE) to respond to "false accusations made by UN agencies and other international communities". Aung San Suu Kyi's party spokesman points the finger at "a plan to support the territorial claims and autonomous aspirations of the Bengali [the Rohingya]". "We cannot believe that out of 700 thousand, none of the refugees wants to return to Myanmar".
Yangon (AsiaNews) - The Burmese government "does not share or accept the conclusions of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)" regarding the violence in the Western State of Rakhine against the Rohingya minority. This is what the spokesman Zaw Htay said today, underlining that Naypyidaw "had not authorized the UN investigation mission to enter Myanmar".
Zaw Htay recalls the establishment of an Independent Commission of Inquiry (ICoE), set up by the government to respond to "false accusations made by UN agencies and other international communities". The spokesman also criticized Facebook for removing the accounts of the commander in chief of the Armed Forces and four other senior officers from the web: that such action "could hamper the government's efforts for national reconciliation".
Published two days ago, the final report by UN investigators urges the Security Council to refer Myanmar's position to the International Criminal Court in The Hague or to create an ad hoc international criminal court. The investigation mission states that "the most important generals of the Tatmadaw (the Burmese army), including the commander in chief Min Aung Hlaing (photo), must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide in the north of the state of Rakhine". Among the crimes mentioned after a lengthy investigation, there is murder, forced disappearance, torture and sexual violence "perpetrated on a large scale".
The UN experts also criticize the work of the civil government, led by the democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi. While recognizing the "limited control" that the Lady can exercise on the military, they accuse the executive of "allowing hate speech to flourish"; of "having destroyed evidence and documents"; of "not having protected minorities from war crimes and those against humanity", committed by the Tatmadaw in Rakhine, but also in the states of Kachin and Shan.
Myo Nyunt, spokesman for the National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi's party, rejects the accusations and denies "the alleged serious violations of human rights" against the Rohingya. He questions "the impartiality and credibility" of the mission of inquiry and points the finger at "a systematic plan to support the territorial claims and the autonomous aspirations of the Bengali [the Rohingya]". "We will never grant citizenship to anyone who returns to Myanmar from Bangladesh - continues the spokesman - [Investigators] They portray them as oppressed people and would even be willing to justify their violence against our people."
"We have already prepared everything for the repatriation of refugees, but nobody returns from Bangladesh. Why? - asks Myo Nyunt - We cannot believe that out of 700 thousand, none of the refugees wants to come to Myanmar. If they want to keep 700,000 people in Bangladesh until they have achieved international recognition of their territorial objectives, they know that not only the Rakhine [local ethnic group] but all Myanmar will react. "