JFRM convenes parliamentary meeting on the Rohingya genocide and welcomes UN Security Council’s calls for accountability

JFRM welcomes the comments by the UN last week urging the Security Council to ensure accountability for crimes committed against the Rohingya minority by Myanmar’s military leaders.

“There can be no moving on from this crisis without addressing its root causes, all of which still exist today — primarily the presence of an unaccountable military that acts with complete impunity,” Marzuki Darusman, Chair of the Independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar said.

Marzuki stated that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in Myanmar, and that the Mission found sufficient information to warrant the prosecution of senior officials of the national armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, on charges of genocide.

Darusman called on the Security Council to refer the situation to the International Criminal Court or create an ad hoc international criminal tribunal. Amongst other things, he urged the Council to adopt sanctions against relevant officials, providing the names of six Tatmadaw commanders for that purpose, and called for the imposition of an arms embargo against the country.

In light of the growing atrocities facing the Rohingya and to help pursue perpetrators of the genocide, JFRM will be convening a cross-party parliamentary meeting 10 December 2018; ‘ICC jurisdiction over crimes against Rohingya Muslims – What role for the UK government and the international community?’, with a distinguished panel, including Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Foreign Minister; Catherine West, MP for Hornsey & Wood Green; Baroness Sheehan, Liberal Democrat International Development Spokesperson; Rushnara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, Co-chair APPG on Democracy in Burma; and Sir Stephen O’Brien, Chair of London Works and Ed Miliband’s Mental Health in Society Task Force.


Notes to editors:

1. JFRM seminar, ‘ICC jurisdiction over crimes against Rohingya Muslims – What role for the UK government and the international community?’, will be held on 10 December 2018 from 6:30 pm at the Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 11. Registration and further details: https://jfrmseminar2.eventbrite.co.uk

2. Established in late 2017, JFRM is an independent organisation, which comprises a diverse group of lawyers, jurists, academics, campaigners, professionals, and community leaders joining forces in a legal campaign for the prosecution of those responsible for crimes against humanity in Myanmar. JFRM is the trading name for Justice for the Rohingya, company registration no. 11168200

4. For interviews and further details, please email info@jfrm.org.uk