A group representing Rohingya in Europe has called on the European Union to support a UN investigation into Myanmar’s crimes against Rohingya Muslims after the EU’s decision not to support the investigation.
The European Rohingya Council, or ERC, said that it was “deeply shocked and extremely concerned” about the EU’s decision.
Earlier this month, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said “the severity of the reported human rights violations against the Rohingya in Myanmar amount to 'Crimes against Humanity' and warrants the attention of the International Criminal Court.”
Back in October, nine police officers were killed during attacks on posts in Maungdaw, a district in northern Rakhine near the Bangladesh border.
The killings sparked revenge attacks against the civilian population.
During attacks against the Rohingya Muslims, the UN and rights groups witnessed widespread abuses by security forces such as killings of civilians, including children and babies, gang rape, brutal beatings, the burning of villages and kidnapping.
“The EU's backing up of the military formed Commission of Inquiry to investigate the very crimes the military has been committing is completely shocking," the ERC’s statement said.
“This irresponsible stand of EU will be a green light for Myanmar armed forces to further commit atrocities against Rohingya,” it added.