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Parliamentary questions
25 May 2018
Question for written answer
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Wajid Khan (S&D) , Barbara Lochbihler (Verts/ALE) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Alessia Maria Mosca (S&D) , Javier Nart (ALDE) , Bart Staes (Verts/ALE) , Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL) , Izaskun Bilbao Barandica (ALDE) , Ivo Vajgl (ALDE) , Csaba Sógor (PPE) , Theresa Griffin (S&D) , Urmas Paet (ALDE) , Marie-Christine Vergiat (GUE/NGL) , Robert Rochefort (ALDE) , Baroness Nosheena Mobarik (ECR) , Karoline Graswander-Hainz (S&D) , Bronis Ropė (Verts/ALE) , David Martin (S&D) , Richard Corbett (S&D) , Marietje Schaake (ALDE) , Ana Gomes (S&D) , Clare Moody (S&D) , Soraya Post (S&D) , Bodil Valero (Verts/ALE) , Pavel Telička (ALDE) , Margrete Auken (Verts/ALE) , Jude Kirton-Darling (S&D) , Julie Ward (S&D) , Hilde Vautmans (ALDE) , Ismail Ertug (S&D) , Molly Scott Cato (Verts/ALE) , Pascal Durand (Verts/ALE) , Nessa Childers (S&D) , Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE) , Liliana Rodrigues (S&D) , José Inácio Faria (PPE) , John Howarth (S&D)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Follow-up on the Council's conclusions on Myanmar of 26 February 2018 and its Decision 2018/655

In light of the widespread, systematic and grave human rights violations committed by Myanmar/Burma military and security forces in Rakhine State, the Council adopted Decision 2018/655(1) establishing a legal framework for targeted sanctions against certain persons from the Myanmar Armed Forces and the border guard police.

The Council conclusions(2) invited Myanmar/Burma to seek accountability for the alleged crimes against humanity, mentioning a self-referral to the International Criminal Court pursuant to Article 12(3) of the Rome Statute. Sadly, the fourth Myanmar-EU Human Rights Dialogue’s joint press release(3) does not mention the EU raising these points.

The Myanmar Government’s attempts to bury the evidence, as documented by Amnesty International(4), show the need for an impartial, independent mechanism (IIM) to support investigations into the alleged atrocity crimes, focused on collecting and preserving evidence for inclusion in a master database for international criminal proceedings.

1. What is the timeline for the implementation of the restrictive measures, specifically establishing the list of targeted individuals?

2. Has the VP/HR been encouraging third countries, notably Australia, to follow suit, as mentioned in the article 11 of the decision?

3. What steps is the EU/-VP/HR taking to press Myanmar/Burma to seek accountability and to support the establishment of the IIM?

(1) http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legalcontent/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32018D0655&qid=1525780037173&from=EN
(2) http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-6418-2018-INIT/en/pdf
(3) https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage_en/41089/JOINT%20PRESS%20RELEASE:%20Myanmar%20and%20the%20European%20Union%20hold%204th%20Human%20Rights%20Dialogue
(4) https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/ASA1680182018ENGLISH.PDF

Last updated: 6 June 2018Legal notice