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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Green MEP calls for Myanmar to be referred to the ICC

Jean in Cox's Bazar

28 August 2018

Jean Lambert MEP, Chair of the European Parliament’s South Asia Delegation, has condemned the Myanmar military for seeking “to wipe out an entire community” and will be calling on the EU to lead on referring these crimes to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The statement follows a damning new UN report, alleging that the Myanmar army was responsible for war crimes and crimes against minorities across the country.[1]

Ms Lambert visited Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh earlier this year, and has urged the international community to work towards a sustainable solution that addresses the root causes of this humanitarian crisis.[2]

Jean Lambert, London’s Green MEP and Chair of the European Parliament’s South Asia delegation, said:

“The UN report simply underlines the appalling reports we’ve already heard: Myanmar’s military has committed the most horrifying of crimes against the Rohingya people.

The military, acting without any condemnation from the civilian government, has sought to wipe out an entire community – violently and indiscriminately killing tens of thousands of people. During my visits to Cox’s Bazar I’ve witnessed the devastating aftermath of this violence, and the living nightmare that continues to be experienced by the Rohingyas who escaped with their lives.

In June, the European Parliament passed a resolution urging the Commission and Member States to ramp up the amount of humanitarian aid reaching the region. This is desperately needed. We also urged the international community to act to ensure that those perpetrating these atrocities aren’t let off the hook.[3] The Rohingya people need answers, and they need justice. I echo the calls of Amnesty, Human Rights Watch and others for these grievous crimes to be referred to the ICC and will be calling on the EU to lead on doing that.”

Notes:

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/27/myanmars-military-accused-of-genocide-by-damning-un-report

[2] http://www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk/2018/02/16/mep-demands-citizenship-for-rohingyas-following-visit-to-coxs-bazar/

[3] http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P8-TA-2018-0261+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN&language=EN