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Yanghee Lee`s suggestion deserves highest consideration

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15th-Mar-2017       
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THE UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur for Myanmar Ms Yanghee Lee has issued a fresh call to institute a highest-level International Inquiry Commission for an independent and impartial investigation into the mass killings and other serious human rights violations that Rohingyas are facing in their home state in Myanmar. She made the call at a time when the council is going to meet in Geneva to discuss human rights situation world over.

She has rightly voiced concern over the slow and steady ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority in the Buddhist majority nation calling for the high-level Inquiry Commission to do everything to save the endangered people from becoming stateless like the Palestinian people in the Middle East. But it appears that without the backing of the European countries her proposal for the Commission remains uncertain and the EU is still apparently reluctant fearing such move may endanger the fragile democracy in Myanmar. Army may take over again.
 
We believe Bangladesh must strengthen its diplomatic efforts to win the support of the EU nation and other big players behind the proposal, but our diplomacy appears so weak and aimless without enough backing to win the needed global support.

Ms Yanghee Lee has outlined a very terrible situation saying Rohingyas in their home state in Myanmar are facing massacre. Myanmar army and private vigilantes are shooting people indiscriminately, they are slitting their throats, setting their houses alight with people tied up inside the houses and throwing young children into fire. They are perpetrating gang rapes forcing people to flee to Bangladesh. 

At a briefing in Geneva on Monday she said the World Community should leave no stone unturned, the time is passing out. The world needs to know the truth and so the Inquiry Commission is important. The Myanmar government appears quite determined to expel the entire ethnic group. The latest atrocities started from October last year while Rohingyas were stripped off of their voting right in 2012 effectively making them stateless.

She has rightly said a genocide is taking place in Myanmar at the time when the country has stepped into a democratic government led by Nobel Laureate Aung Sun Suu Kyi. It is unthinkable the state is sponsoring genocide against the most persecuted people. Ms Yanghee Lee made a strong case to designate UN investigators by the Human Rights to investigate the crackdown and end the persecution for the people to go back to their ancestral homes. Her suggestion that the UN Human Rights Council can set up the Commission before its session ends later this month just reflects how serious the situation is in that country that deserves immediate steps to end the crisis and save the people.

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