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Rohingya refugees from Myanmar waiting for food aid in Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. - Hafiz Johari/Shutterstock.com

Southeast Asian lawmakers call for international justice for Rohingya atrocities

Southeast Asian lawmakers from Singapore, Malaysia. Timor-Leste, Philipines and Indonesia have signed a statement calling for the international community to take urgent measures to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations against the Rohingya people. They also call upon members of the United Nations Security Council to immediately refer the human rights situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court.

Below is the statement in full


We, the undersigned parliamentarians, are writing to express our grave concerns over the ongoing impunity for perpetrators involved in the atrocities committed against hundreds of thousands of Rohingya in Myanmar since 25 August 2017.  We call on the international community to take urgent measures to bring those responsible for the crisis to account.

One year ago, the Myanmar security forces and their proxies launched a violent crackdown in response to attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on police outposts in northern Rakhine State. The security forces’ so-called “clearance operations” resulted in gross human rights violations, including widespread killings, arbitrary arrests, burnings of entire villages, and sexual violence, all of which have been extensively documented by international human rights organizations.

More than 720,000 mainly Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. There are reasonable grounds to believe that the crimes perpetrated in Rakhine State against the Rohingya constitute genocide and crimes against humanity.

The response by the Myanmar government has thus far been woefully inadequate. The government has failed to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the atrocities in a credible and impartial manner, and they continue to block almost all access to affected areas in Rakhine State for international human rights observers. In fact, some of those who try to shed light on these human rights violations now face arbitrary criminal charges.

Recent reports also show that the Rohingya population that remains in Rakhine State still face the risk of violence as well as widespread discrimination, which has resulted in appalling living conditions that are unsafe as well as a serious lack of access to basic services and livelihood opportunities. The dignified and voluntary repatriation of refugees from Bangladesh will not be possible as long as these conditions endure.

In light of the above concerns, we, the undersigned parliamentarians, urge the international community to take urgent measures to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations against the Rohingya people. We call upon members of the United Nations Security Council to immediately refer the human rights situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court.

We also support the call by United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, to establish an international accountability mechanism that aims to impartially investigate and provide necessary assistance to future criminal proceedings that are in line with international standards.

Further, we call on our own governments, fellow ASEAN member states with Myanmar, and ASEAN itself, to accelerate efforts and use its influence on Naypyidaw to press the government and military to end all forms of human rights violations against Rohingya. This must include abolishing all discriminatory policies and practices in order to address the root causes of the crisis. It is imperative that they also urge the Myanmar government to grant immediate and unconditional access into Rakhine State, particularly for humanitarian aid groups, independent observers, and local and international media.

We also commit to utilizing our positions as parliamentarians to continue to push for accountability for the crimes perpetrated against the Rohingya, and call on fellow legislators internationally to do the same.

These steps are crucial to not only bring an end to the perpetual cycle of violence and longstanding discrimination faced by Rohingya, but also to end the impunity that has been widely enjoyed by the Myanmar security forces for decades.

 

Signatories

Signatories

Abdul Kadir Karding
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Abdul Rahman bin Mohamad
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Ach. Baidowi
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Adian Yunus Yusak Napitupulu
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Ahmad Bin Hassan
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Ahmad Tarmizi Bin Sulaiman
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Akbar Faizal
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Akmal Nasrullah Bin Mohd Nasir
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Al Muzzammil Yusuf
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Alice Lau Kiong Yieng
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Anas Thahir
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Anarulita Muchtar
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Andi Yuliani Paris
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Andreas Hugo Pareira
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Antonio L. Tinio
Member of the House of Representatives, Philippines

Bahrum Daido
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Bertu Merlas
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Eva Kusuma Sundari
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Evita Nursanty
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Fahri Hamzah
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

G. Michael Jeno
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Gabriel Soares
Member of Parliament, Timor-Leste

Haerul Saleh
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Hamdhani
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Harry Poernomo
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Hasbullah Bin Osman
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Hassan Bin Abdul Karim
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Hendrawan Supratikno
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Henky Kurniadi
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Henry Yosodiningrat
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Indah Kurnia
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Intan Azura Mokhtar
Member of Parliament, Singapore

Irine Yusiana Roba Putri
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Irma Suryani
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Isabel Maria B. Freitas Ximenes
Member of Parliament, Timor-Leste

Itet Tridjajati Sumarijanto
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Johnny G. Plate
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Junico BP Siahaan
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Kaka J. Bag-ao
Member of the House of Representatives, Philippines

Kasthuriranni A/P Patto
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Khoo Poay Tiong
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Leila De Lima
Senator, Philippines

Ligia Filomena Coelho da Silva
Member of Parliament, Timor-Leste

Lim Lip Eng
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Lucia Taeki
Member of Parliament, Timor-Leste

Luthfi A. Mutty
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

M. Amir Uskara
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

M. Sarmuji
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Mahfuz Sidik
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Mansor Bin Othman
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Marcos Xavier
Member of Parliament, Timor-Leste

Maria Gorumali Barreto
Member of Parliament, Timor-Leste

Maria Terezinha Viegas
Member of Parliament, Timor-Leste

Martin Hutabarat
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Martri Agoeng
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Maruarar Sirait
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Masinton Pasaribu
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Mastura Binti Mohd Yazid
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Melchias Marcus Mekeng
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Mercy Chriesty Barends
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Mohammad Suryo Alam
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Mohd Shahar Bin Abdullah
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Mordi Anak Bimol
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Muhammad Romahurmuziy
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Muslimin Bin Yahaya
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Nancy Shukri
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Nasyirul Falah Amru
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Neng Eem Marhamah
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Nihayatul Wafiroh
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Noor Azmi Bin Ghazali
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Nurhayati Ali Assegaf
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Ono Surono
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Oscar Ling Chai Yew
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Raul A. Daza
Member of the House of Representatives, Philippines

Reni Marlinawati
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Ribka Tjiptaning
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Rieke Diah Pitaloka
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Risa Hontiveros
Senator, Philippines

Risa Mariska
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Rohani Binti Abdul Karim
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Rosol Bin Wahid
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Rubiah Binti Wang
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Rufinus Hotmaulana Hutauruk
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Rusnah Binti Aluai
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Sabri Bin Azit
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Sadarestuwati
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Saiful Bahri Ruray
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Shabudin Yahaya
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Sirmadji
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Siti Zailah Binti Mohd Yusoff
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Sofyan Tan
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Steven Choong Shiau Yoon
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Su Keong Siong
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Supriyanto
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Syaiful Bahri Anshori
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Syarif Abdullah Alkadrie
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Syed Ibrahim Bin Syed Noh
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Tan Yee Kew
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Taufiq R. Abdullah
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Teddy Jr. Brawner Baguilat
Member of the House of Representatives, Philippines

Tom S. Villarin
Member of the House of Representatives, Philippines

Tony Wardoyo
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Totok Daryanto
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Trimedya Panjaitan
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Tuti N. Roosdiono
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Tutik Kusuma Wardhani
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Vanda Sarundajang
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Wenny Haryanto
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Willie Anak Mongin
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Wiryanti Sukamdani
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Wong Chen
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Wong Ling Biu
Member of the House of Representatives, Malaysia

Yaqut Cholil Qoumas
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia

Yulian Gunhar
Member of the House of Representatives, Indonesia