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Over 500 000 refugees, especially Rohingya, have escaped their homeland and taken sanctuary in Bangladesh as a consequence of violent and scare. The fact that so many refugees are being driven out so quickly points to the conscious expulsion of a minorities. In Rakhine state, there are severe restrictions on aid and medias accessibility.
The EU calls on the Myanmar/Burma armed forces to cease their operation and to guarantee the non-discriminatory defence of all civil persons and to fully respect internationally recognised standards of HR. In addition, the EU renews its appeal to the Myanmar and Burma authorities to take all necessary steps to alleviate inter-community tension, to provide full, secure and unrestricted humane and immediate support, also for the UN, the ICRC and non-governmental organisations, and to launch a trustworthy and pragmatic mechanism to allow the secure, volunteer, dignified and sustained returns of all those who have escaped from their homelands to their places of abroad.
In Bangladesh, the EU has increased its aid to Rohingya migrants and is prepared to step up its operations in Rakhine State for the benefit of all those in need as soon as they are given acces. To this end, the EU is prepared to assist the Myanmar/Burma authorities to secure the rapid and full follow-up to the Rakhine State Consultative Commission recommendation, which includes the key question of nationality for the stateless Rohingyaese.
and the EU is pleased that the inter-ministerial committee has been established by the EU to implement these proposals. In order to prevent any kind of impunity, the EU commends the State Councillor's pledge to bring all offenders of breaches of human rights and other crimes to trial in accordance with the principles of the constitutional state and her declaration of 19 September that Myanmar/Burma is not afraid of atrocities.
Trustworthy claims of serious violation and violation of fundamental freedoms, involving violent assaults on minors, must be thoroughly examined. To this end, the EU strongly encourages Myanmar/Burma to fully co-operate with the UNHRC's UNICR' ISOM and to allow it full, secure and unimpeded immediate entry to the area.
Prolongation of the UN Human Rights Council recently welcomed the extension of the investigative visit mandat. In addition, the EU is encouraging Myanmar/Burma to engage in a dialog with its neighbours, in particular Bangladesh, on seeking ways to address shared issues, in particular the return of migrants to their places of provenance, in a manner consistent with good neighbourliness.
Faced with the excessive use of violence by the police services, the EU and its Member States will postpone the invitation to the commander-in-chief of the Myanmar/Burma army and other high-ranking soldiers and examine all operational defense co-operation. While the Council may consider taking further action if the overall picture does not get any better, it is also prepared to react accordingly to favourable trends.
There are 100 million refugees affected by the Kachin and Shan conflicts. IDPs, is also very worrying. It has also seen severe restrictions on the provision of human aid and the EU urges the Myanmar/Burma authorities to re-establish humane accessibility to all affected local communities.
As part of its continued commitment to the Myanmar/Burma authorities and all related global bodies, in particular the UN, the EU will pursue these important questions and all related governance and democracy related challenge. In addition, the EU plans to take the occasion of the upcoming ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting (Nay Pyi Taw, 20-21 November 2017) to start a positive dialog with the authorities in the margin of this meeting and will pursue continued cooperation with all Asia in this respect.