Bishop of St Albans asks about prosecutions for genocide against Myanmar generals

On 5th October 2020 the Bishop of St Albans received a written answer to a question on Myanmar:

The Lord Bishop of St Albans: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the UN Human Rights Council Report of the independent international fact-finding mission on Myanmar, published in September 2018, and in particular the recommendation that senior generals of the Myanmar military be investigated and prosecuted for genocide; and what support they plan to provide to the case brought by the government of The Gambia against the government of Myanmar currently before the International Court of Justice. [HL8425]

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: The UK played a key role in establishing the UN Fact Finding Mission (UNFFM), we support its findings and have worked with partners to try and implement its recommendations. We are clear that the Myanmar military is responsible for a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya. This is why the UK has sanctioned the six individuals named by the UNFFM, including the Myanmar military’s Commander-in-Chief and Deputy Commander-in-Chief. We are clear that those who committed atrocities should be held to account. In the absence of a transparent and credible domestic process, all options should remain on the table. There is currently insufficient support at the UN Security Council for a referral to the International Criminal Court.

The UK supports the International Court of Justice process and publicly welcomed the provisional measures ruling which calls on Myanmar to do more to protect the Rohingya. We provided financial support to enable a group of Rohingya refugees to attend the hearings in The Hague in December last year.


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