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Factual Inaccuracy and Historical Bias in the Report of the UN Fact-Finding Mission published on 17 September 2018


The Report A/HRC/39/CRP.2 of the Detailed Findings of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar to the UN Human Rights Council, which readers will recall was published on 17 September 2018 and  first discussed under political pressure in the UN Security Council at their 8381st Meeting on 24 October 2018 even before it had been considered by the Human Rights Council itself, has in many ways been the basis for cases now under consideration in the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice.

In my Op-Ed of 7 December 2019, I took the view that the Mission in its Report had not shown the objectivity which should have been expected from a Mission appointed by the Human Rights Council to establish the facts about the recent troubles in Rakhine State.


In my further Op-Ed of 1 March 2020 I highlight a lack of intellectual rigour and curiosity, an inclination to gullibility and a readiness to put the worst possible interpretation on events by the Fact-Finding Mission. 



Derek Tonkin

1 March 2020