A United Nations fact-finding mission today called for
financial isolation of Myanmar's military as part of efforts to hold the
army accountable for human rights abuses.
The independent investigators, working under a mandate
from the UN Human Rights Council, said in a statement that there has been no
progress toward resolving the crisis over Myanmar's mostly Muslim Rohingya
Chairman of the Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar
MarzukiDarusman said the situation is at a total standstill.Myanmar
authorities have razed deserted Rohingya villages and members of the
minority remaining in the country live in displacement camps and in fear of
further military reprisals.
The mission found that the military has committed
atrocities against many ethnic groups living within Myanmar. It also faulted
armed ethnic groups for committing human rights abuses.
Myanmar denies allegations of human rights violations
in Rakhine, saying its security forces have not targeted civilians and have
taken action only in response to attacks by Rohingya militants.
The Fact-Finding Mission is to hand over its findings
to a new group of the Human Right Council, the Independent Investigative
Mechanism on Myanmar, in September. That organisation was set up to handle
criminal prosecution of violations of international law.