The Financial Express

EU expects Myanmar govt to fully comply with ICJ order

Published: January 28, 2020 13:57:00 | Updated: January 28, 2020 18:41:04

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The European Union (EU) Ambassador and EU Member States' Ambassadors and Heads of Mission resident in Myanmar have said they expect the government of Myanmar to fully comply with the ICJ order in the interest of justice.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), in its order on January 23, confirmed its prima facie jurisdiction and indicated provisional measures with regard to the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

The EU has consistently stressed the importance of accountability for crimes committed in 2016-2017 in the Rakhine State, they said in a statement on Monday. 

On 20 January, the Commission of Enquiry established under the authority of the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar concluded that war crimes, serious human rights violations and disproportionate use of force took place during the security operations conducted by Myanmar's military and security forces between 25 August and 5 September 2017, reports UNB.

The EU welcomed these important first steps towards acknowledging the severity and scale of the violence that occurred, the gross violations of human rights and the disproportionate use of force by Myanmar's military and security forces.

"We hope that Myanmar will use these opportunities to make further progress on its democratic transition towards a society where the rights of everyone are fully recognised and protected," the statement reads.

The EU also welcomed and shared the expression of sympathy for all victims by the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. "This now needs to be followed up with concrete actions."

As recommended by Myanmar's own Commission of Enquiry, there must now be adequate follow-up investigations, in line with international standards, said the statement.

"Credible action must be taken to bring to justice those responsible for these serious violations, especially by Myanmar’s security forces. We also welcome the recommendations for institutional reforms within Myanmar's defence forces to prevent the recurrence of human rights violations," the envoys said.

They said the EU stands ready to support the Government of Myanmar in any efforts to address the root causes of the multi-faceted conflict in Rakhine state, to implement in a comprehensive manner the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission and to achieve peace within Myanmar's borders.

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