Save the Children are calling on Britain to ensure Myanmar’s army generals are held accountable for their crimes
Rohingya children’s drawings show horrific violence of Myanmar’s military crackdown
Campaigners from a children’s charity have called for the British government to refer Myanmar’s military to the International Criminal Court for crimes against the Rohingya as the one-year anniversary of the violence which forced more than 700,000 people to flee approaches.
Staging a protest outside parliament in London, international aid charity Save the Children used a 3D installation featuring drawings by Rohingya children. The drawings show horrific attacks the children witnessed before they fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.
The charity is appealing to British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt to use his influence at the United Nations to take action against army generals who carried out atrocities beginning in August 2017 in Rakhine State, home to Myanmar’s Muslim minority population.
“A credible, impartial, and independent investigation into these crimes and all violations of children’s rights committed in northern Rakhine State is a key first step towards ensuring accountability,” said George Graham, Save the Children’s Director of Humanitarian Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns.
Myanmar’s military stands accused of burning Rohingya villages and carrying out extrajudicial killings.
The UN has described the military campaign against the Rohingya as "textbook ethnic cleansing".
Myanmar denies carrying out atrocities in Rakhine State, where charities, activists and journalists have documented widespread cases of murder, rape and arson.
More than 6,000 children in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, the world’s fastest growing refugee camp in Bangladesh, without their parents.
Save the Children estimate that one in two children who fled to the camp were orphaned in the military crackdown against the country’s Muslim minority population.
Aid charities have warned conditions in the camp are at breaking point, with refugees at risk from floods, disease and food shortages.