Pointing to the Rohingya persecution in Myanmar, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein today reiterated that no repatriation should occur in the absence of sustained human rights monitoring on the ground, in the areas concerned.
He came up with the statement while speaking at 38th session of the Human Rights Council on Monday.
In Myanmar, as the Council is aware, there are clear indications of well-organised, widespread and systematic attacks continuing to target the Rohingyas in Rakhine State as an ethnic group, amounting possibly to acts of genocide if so established by a court of law, he said.
He also alleged that due to continuing refusals to permit access, OHCHR, the country Special Rapporteur and the Fact-Finding Mission have conducted remote monitoring.
Given the gravity and scope of the human rights violations in Venezuela, and continuing denial of access to the Office, we will continue remote monitoring and reporting; our second report will be published in the coming days – and we firmly believe the Council needs to establish a Commission of Inquiry.
Since last June the Government has issued three invitations to the Special Procedures, the first since 1996. However, the authorities have ignored a long list of requests by others whose mandates are particularly relevant to the current human rights crisis in the country.
In Bangladesh context, in his statement, he also said that Bangladesh has granted extensive and commendable access to the Office and all relevant human rights mechanisms with respect to the Rohingya refugee crisis.
“However, it has more than 10 outstanding requests for visits by mandate holders to assess the human rights situation in Bangladesh itself.”
“I encourage greater engagement, particularly with respect to concerns about the shrinking space for civil society, and allegations of extrajudicial actions by the security forces.”