US for implementing Kofi Annan Commission recommendations
Published : Sunday, 25 August, 2019 at 8:32 PM Count : 192
The US State Department has called upon Myanmar government to implement the Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission’s recommendations, which offer the best path forward for that country and all the people of Rakhine State, as well as all those who fled.
The State Department made the urge on Sunday marking two years of Rohingya exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh.
"As August also marks the two years since the release of the Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission on Rakhine State’s report and recommendations, many of which concern the institutional discrimination against Rohingya that continues to this day," said the statement given by US Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.
"Two years ago, Burma’s security forces engaged in a brutal attack against hundreds of thousands of unarmed men, women, and children in a grossly disproportionate response to attacks by militants on security posts in northern Rakhine State. The Burmese military’s horrific atrocities against Rohingya villagers caused an exodus of more than 740,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh in actions that constituted ethnic cleansing,"
He went on, "Rakhine State is not the only place in Burma where the military has committed violations of human rights against the Burmese people over the past seventy years. The lack of accountability and civilian oversight of the military means that military abuses continue today in Rakhine State, as well as Kachin and Shan States and elsewhere in Burma."
Calling upon all those involved to respect human rights, Ortagus said, "Allow unhindered humanitarian access, and engage in political dialogue to pursue peace."
He also appreciated the Bangladesh government's ongoing generosity in hosting these refugees.
"The United States is the leading contributor of humanitarian assistance in response to the Rohingya crisis, providing nearly $542 million since the outbreak of violence in August 2017. We continue to call on others to join us in contributing to this humanitarian response.
Our thoughts are with the victims of these abuses and the more than one million refugees who have been forced to find refuge in Bangladesh. Justice and accountability are essential for Burma’s efforts to build a strong, peaceful, secure, and prosperous democracy. We continue to call on others to support efforts to promote justice and facilitate conditions for voluntary return."
"We continue to work with international organizations to encourage Burma to create the conditions that would allow for the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of refugees to their places of origin or other places of their choosing," he added.