ADHRRF – From February 2 to 4, 2018, the international human rights organization Human Rights Watch (Netherlands) held the event “Human Rights Weekend” at De Balie cultural center in Amsterdam. This event reflected the human rights problems in the world through films and images, triggering people’s attention and reflection on human rights. Among massive human rights problems, the Rohingya problem is watched closely.
On the afternoon of February 3, Human Rights Watch held a thematic conference on Rohingya crisis. Human Rights Watch researchers showed the photos of victims, satellite images and the testimonies of interviewees, recreating the scenes of attacks on Rohingya villages. They discussed the difficulties of Rohingya crisis and how the international community should help to solve them. The meeting lasted 90 minutes.
Akshaya Kumar, the Deputy United Nations Director at Human Rights Watch, stated in the conference that they are having a tough time in solving Rohingya problem. One of the difficulties is the influence of Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar. The other is that of the Chinese government, which has the veto power.
She said the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) needs to hold meetings to discuss Rohingya problem, but it’s very difficult to have these meetings held because China, a permanent member of the UNSC, thinks the Rohingya problem is Myanmar’s internal issue and is not worth discussing in the international meeting. China’s veto is a major obstacle to organize the discussion. Akshaya Kumar thinks this view is wrong, because such crimes are a threat to international peace and security, and solving them is the matter for all people.
Besides, Akshaya Kumar proposed some suggestions on how to solve the Rohingya problem in the interview: First, set up a system of punishment to make the perpetrators take responsibility for the crimes they committed. Impose international sanctions and make it difficult for them to travel abroad. Second, stop selling weapons to the Myanmar military until they change their behavior. Third, collect more evidence.
It’s reported that there are now evidences collected by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and the medical treatment evidence received from the doctors of the camps, which are helpful for victims to get justice, but once the evidence is destroyed, it will be much more difficult to solve the Rohingya problem.