Australia seeks justice for Rohingyas, steps against perpetrators

It welcomes UN report on Myanmar

29 Aug 2018, 13:36

NTV Online
A group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 1, 2017. Photo: Reuters

Australia on Wednesday renewed its call for justice for those Rohingyas who have suffered saying that the perpetrators must be held to account.

The UN Fact-Finding Mission in its report concluded that war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide have occurred in Rakhine State and recommended actions to pursue accountability for the atrocities detailed in the report, reports the UNB.

The Australian government welcomed the release of the summary report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar.

‘Australia is deeply disturbed by the conclusions of the Fact-Finding Mission. Australia consistently has urged Myanmar to take action on human rights violations,’ the Australian High Commission in Dhaka said in a statement.

The Australian government said it will continue to work internationally to this end, including through their position on the Human Rights Council and at the UN General Assembly.

Australia will provide further comment on their response to the Fact-Finding Mission’s findings once its full report is handed down in September.

‘The Rohingya crisis is our region’s largest humanitarian emergency - with over 900,000 displaced Rohingya in need in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, and more than 530,000 remaining in Rakhine State in Myanmar,’ the statement reads.

Australia has responded generously to support the Rohingya, providing $70 million of humanitarian assistance to deliver emergency supplies to Rakhine State and food, shelter, clean water and essential health services to Cox’s Bazar.

Australia has been a strong supporter of the Fact-Finding Mission, which has conducted a thorough, credible and independent investigation of human rights abuses in northern Myanmar and Rakhine State, the High Commission added.