UN Human Rights Council 42nd Session – Item 3

UN Human Rights Council 42nd Session

Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar

17 September 2019, Intervention by ESTONIA


Mr. President

Estonia aligns itself with the statement made by the EU.

We would like to thank the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar for their comprehensive work and the presentation of their final report.

We are seriously concerned about the further findings of the mission on grave crimes under international law committed against the Rohingya and other ethnic groups, including about the indicated genocidal intent. Furthermore, it has been confirmed that the Rohingya in Rakhine still continue to be persecuted. Ending violations, lifting all restrictions on the Rohingya and pursuing genuine accountability at the domestic and international level is the only way to proceed.

Similarly, we read with concern that the investigations have furthermore substantiated patterns and trends of serious violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law in Kachin and Shan States from 2011-2018.

We call on the government of Myanmar to ensure the protection of human rights, including repealing or amending the repressive laws governing freedom of expression and association, continue towards a democratic transition, pursue a clearer separation of powers and to make progress on security sector reform.

We continue supporting the referral of the situation to the International Criminal Court for full investigation and prosecution.

To conclude, we would like to ask for the views of the FFM on what should be the priority actions of the new investigative mechanism?

Thank you!