M Humayun Kabir: Australia has urged Myanmar to take action on human rights violations.
The Asia Pacific country also welcomed the establishment of Myanmar’s Commission of Enquiry, which needs to be provided with authority to respond comprehensively to abuses, reports UNB.
“We encourage Myanmar to engage with the findings of the UN Fact Finding Mission and any other evidence of abuses,” the Australian government said in a statement on yesterday.
“Perpetrators must be held to account. This is why Australia has supported the UN Fact Finding Mission and its independent investigation. We will respond to its final report when presented at the Human Rights Council in September,” the statement reads.
Myanmar has taken an important first step in agreeing to work with the UNDP and UNHCR, through an MOU to create conditions in Rakhine State conducive to repatriation.
Australia called on Myanmar to allow UN agencies the full access they need to implement this effectively.
The statement shared by Australian High Commission in Dhaka reads, “Let us also honour the late Kofi Annan by renewing our efforts to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State whichhe led.”
“The resulting Rohingya crisis is our region’s largest humanitarian emergency – with over 900,000 displaced Rohingya in need in Cox’s Bazar and more than 530,000 remaining in Rakhine State in Myanmar,” said the Australian government.