Yanghee Lee says ad hoc tribunal needed to solve Rohingya crisis


UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, on Thursday said an international ad hoc tribunal should be formed for sustainable solution of Rohingya crisis.

She will place a proposal detailing the type of the tribunal in a session of human rights council scheduled to be held in March.

Yanghee Lee said this at a press conference at Hotel Le Meridien Dhaka on Thursday.

She arrived in Dhaka on 17 January and visited Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar. She held a number of meetings in Dhaka.

Lee held the press conference before leaving Bangladesh.

She said the tribunal for Myanmar will be the same as the tribunals were formed in different parts of the world including in Rwanda, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The trial at the International Court of Justice is going on for measures to protect Rohingya from all forms of repressions including genocide.

The Gambia applied for measures for protection in the wake of Myanmar’s army crackdown on Rohingya in 2017 and the Myanmar authorities’ discrimination and repression on Rohingya community for several decades.

Yanghee Lee said the trial at ICJ will continue as it is going on.

Besides, the formation of an international tribunal is necessary, she said adding how the tribunal will be and how it will work a proposal in this regard will be placed in the session of human rights council in March.

Thousands of Rohingya were killed in army operations in the Rakhine state of Buddhist majority Myanmar in 2017. Over 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar to save lives and took shelter in Bangladesh.

Currently over 1,100,000 Rohingy are registered in 34 camps in Ukhia and Teknaf.