The panelists appointed by Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counselor of Burma, to make enquiry of human rights violations during military operations in northern Arakan State last year stressed that their mission neither to finger-point anyone nor to hold anyone accountable for such violations. The panelist of the Commission expressed their views in a briefing with reporters after their first meeting in Naypyidaw on 16 August.
“I assure you there will be no blaming of anybody, no finger-pointing of anybody, because we don’t achieve anything by that procedure,” said Philippine diplomat Rosario Manolo, who heads the panel. “It is not a diplomatic approach, and a very bad approach, in fact, to be doing finger-pointing, blaming, to say ‘you’re accountable,’” she went on.
Another member of the commission, Mr. Kenzo Oshima, a former Japanese ambassador to the United Nations said, “given the fact, there is so much, in some reports which have come out, are frankly too one-sided,”
The rights organizations in their previous investigations have found that thousands of Rohingya civilians were killed or raped in military operations that drove 700,000 refugees into Bangladesh starting on Aug. 25, 2017. Satellite imagery shows the charred remains of numerous Rohingya neighborhoods that have been razed, some of which have been bulldozed to make way for Myanmar military installations .
The socalled Independent Commission of Enquiry, rather than holding military leaders accountable says its role is to challenge the reports that has led many, including the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, to call for charges to be brought against Myanmar military leaders for crimes against humanity.
In a question to a journalist whether they would seek input from the Rohingya victims in Bangladesh, the commissioners balked and and said would visit the people in Arakan State, the IDP camps, and the State authority people.
The Rohingya leaders and rights activist accused the Commission for the breach of neutrality and said it has been nothing but an eye-wash to the international community.They demanded for international independent and impartial mechanisms to have a thorough probe into the real scenario with fair and un-baised method.