The U.S. Department of State announced today the conclusion of its investigation on the crimes committed against the Rohingya in Rakhine State. In response, Francisco Bencosme, advocacy manager for Asia-Pacific at Amnesty International USA issued this statement:
“While it is important that the State Department undertook this initiative, the report failed to make a legal determination of crimes against humanity. This represents a significant missed opportunity on a crucial human rights issue and sends a worrying message about how the United States plans to address crimes under international law moving forward.
“Ultimately, the United States’ words mean nothing if it fails to pursue genuine accountability for victims and their families.
“The administration should support efforts at the United Nations to establish an independent investigation to preserve evidence and build criminal cases for prosecutions. It should also support — and not impede — a United Nations Security Council referral of the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court.”