Myanmar – Q&A from the press briefing (24 Jan. 2020)

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Q: What’s your reaction to the provisional measures decided on by the International Court of Justice to protect the Rohingya in Myanmar?

A: Like the European External Action Service, we take note of the order handed down by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case relating to the alleged violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide by Myanmar, and the provisional measures it has decided on to safeguard the rights of the Rohingya population in Myanmar pending a decision on the merits of the case.

It is the responsibility of the Myanmar authorities to implement these protective measures ordered by the ICJ. Myanmar must also ensure that the crimes committed against the Rohingya population by the army and security forces do not go unpunished. And finally, it must guarantee unfettered access to humanitarian aid and create the conditions for the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of the Rohingya to Myanmar. This country must deal with the deep causes of the crisis in Rakhine State.

France will continue to closely monitor the proceedings before the ICJ and, together with its partners, will support Myanmar’s democratic transition and the efforts of the civilian government to move forward on the rule of law and respect for human rights.