Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) once again today requested President of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Mr. Joaquin Alexander Maza Martell to remove UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Prof. Yanghee Lee for providing distorted figures of over 2000 Rohingya deaths since October 2016.
ACHR stated that Prof. Lee in her interview to The Hindu on 4 September 2017 while answering the number of Rohingya deaths stated that “around thousand” have been killed since 25th August 2017 after the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) terrorists attacked the police posts in Rakhine province. When pressed for the sources of information about 1,000 deaths, Prof. Lee replied, “I would say so. A recent Human Rights Watch video of satellite images indicate that villages are being torched along the 100 km border in Rakhine State. It is hard to believe that only a few have been killed. The Government gave a figure of 50 or 100 insurgents [who] have been killed and we don’t know if they are insurgents or civilians. I am also comparing [casualty figures] with October-November 2016 figures when about a thousand or so people got killed.”
ACHR stated that since October-November 2016, Prof. Yanghee Lee submitted two reports to the UNHRC i.e. “General Observations of Myanmar on the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar to the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council” dated 6 March 2017 and “Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar” on 14 March 2017 . However, there is no reference to 1,000 Rohingyas being killed after the attacks by the ARSA terrorists on the Burmese security forces on 9 October 2016 as asserted by her in the interview to The Hindu. In her report dated 14 March 2017, Prof. Lee stated, “The alleged violations recorded from testimonies of over 200 Rohingyas include extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and inhuman treatment, rape and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence, arbitrary arrest, and detention, deportation and forced transfer as a result of violence and persecution.”
ACHR stated that Prof. Lee’s figures of 1,000 Rohingya deaths after October 2016 terrorist attacks is a lie and the satellite images of the Human Rights Watch only reflected the patterns of violations being perpetrated and did not count or certify the number of Rohingyas killed.
ACHR reminded President of the UN Human Rights Council that The Manual of Operations of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council provides, “Allegations should ideally contain clear and concise details regarding the name of individual victim(s) or other identifying information, such as date of birth, sex, passport number and place of residence; ethnic or religious group when appropriate; the name of any community or organization subject to alleged violations; information as to the circumstances, including available information as to the date and place of any incident(s); alleged perpetrators; suspected motives; contextual information; and any steps already taken at the national, regional or international level in relation to the case.”
“Prof. Lee has failed to provide details regarding the 1,000 Rohingyas killed since 25th August 2017 but the same information has been picked by international media which created outrage across the world. As Prof. Lee has been providing false information that incites communal hatred, she has no moral authority to hold the high office of the UN Special Rapporteur”. –stated Asian Centre for Human Rights.