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Parliamentary questions
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23 November 2018
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini
Question reference: E-004643/2018

On 25 June 2018 the Council imposed restrictive measures against seven senior military and police officers resposible for or associated with serious and systematic human rights violations. In the light of the final report of the independent international Fact-Finding Mission of the UN Human Rights Council released on 17 September, the EU and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation co-sponsored a resolution on the situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar which was adopted at the Human Rights Council on 27 September 2018. This resolution established an independent mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence of the most serious international crimes committed in Myanmar and to prepare files for future possible criminal proceedings. In order to back this mechanism the EU and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation jointly tabled a draft resolution at the ongoing session of the UN General Assembly Third Committee. The EU is also supportive of the preliminary examination into the forced deportation of the Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh launched by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

On 28-31 October 2018, a joint mission by the European Commission and the European External Action Service took place in Myanmar to assess the situation as regards human rights and labour rights in the country as part of the enhanced monitoring related to Myanmar's access to the Generalised Scheme of Preferences/ Everything But Arms scheme.

The EU also continues calling on Myanmar to allow its Independent Commission of Enquiry to cooperate with all relevant UN mechanisms, to implement bilateral agreements with Bangladesh on the return of refugees, in cooperation with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and to improve the situation in Rakhine State through the full implementation of the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.

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