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Atrocities against Rohingyas

Australia mulls targeted sanctions on perpetrators

Staff Correspondent     20 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Wednesday said her government is considering options, including targeted sanctions on the perpetrators of atrocities against Rohingyas, in response to the report of UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar.

The foreign minister made the remark in a statement on the occasion of the release of the full report of the Fact-Finding Mission, said the Australian mission in Dhaka.

She said in line with the mission’s recommendations, Australia will support new international efforts on accountability and justice in Myanmar, including at the Human Rights Council, of which Australia is a member.

As a regional partner, Australia will continue to support efforts to achieve democracy and national peace and reconciliation for the benefit of all of people in Myanmar, she continued.   

Following the Mission’s preliminary report of August 27, the full report documents in detail serious violations of human rights and of  international humanitarian law, committed primarily by Myanmar’s military against ethnic minorities.

In the case of Rakhine State, the Fact-Finding Mission concludes that crimes against humanity and war crimes have occurred, as well as finding sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation and prosecutions for genocide perpetrated against the Rohingya.