Unic Press UK: The military leaders of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar should be investigated/prosecuted for genocide, a team of United Nations-appointed investigators said Monday.
Addressing journalists in Geneva, one of the investigators Christopher Sidoti said:
“The fact-finding Mission has concluded, on reasonable grounds, that the patterns of gross human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law that it is found, amount to the gravest crime under international law. These have principally been committed by the military, the Tatmadaw. There is no doubt in our minds whatsoever that what we saw happen in Rakhine as a whole, would not have happened without it, firstly, being within the knowledge of the senior military leadership and secondly, under their effective control. And it’s because of the clarity of the chain of command in Myanmar that we have recommended the investigation and prosecution of these six.”
Speaking on the findings, Marzuki Darusman, who led the team of investigators said:
“The Mission called for the situation in Myanmar to be referred to the international criminal court and that, of course, is the task of the Security Council to undertake. And so, the message to the Security Council is of course, ‘Refer Myanmar to the [International Criminal Court].’”