- By May Wong
- Posted 08 Mar 2017 20:55
- Updated 09 Mar 2017 01:33
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. (Photo: AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)
YANGON: The severity of the reported violations against the Rohingya in Myanmar warrants the attention of the International Criminal Court, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Wednesday (Mar 8).
Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the violations, “against a backdrop of severe and longstanding persecution”, amount to the “possible commission of crimes against humanity”.
He was addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, where he highlighted the current major human rights issues in more than 40 countries.
Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urged the Human Rights Council to at least establish a commission of inquiry into the violence committed against the Rohingya, especially during the security clearance operation after the Oct 9 attacks against three border posts in the Maungdaw district in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
About 10 security personnel were killed in the initial incident.
After the attacks occurred, the authorities locked down the area and conducted a security clearance to hunt down the perpetrators. According to the UN, this forced more than 74,000 Rohingya to flee from Maungdaw to neighbouring Bangladesh.
More than 20,000 Rohingya have been newly displaced within Rakhine state.
During the security clearance operations, which are said to have ceased last month, many allegations of atrocities such as rape, arson and summary killings against the Rohingya surfaced.
The Myanmar government does not recognise the Rohingya, saying they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The government has also consistently denied many of the reported allegations of violations against the Rohingya.
The government had formed its own investigation commission, led by Myanmar’s vice president, to look into the allegations, but many sceptics are unconvinced that the commission will deliver an impartial report.
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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn.
I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law.
I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam.
In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship.
Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam.
I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN.
I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net).
I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries.
In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống).
In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success".
I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.
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