UN: A panel to prepare Myanmar prosecution files

United Nations Human Rights Council voted on Thursday in favor of establishing a body to consolidate evidence of human rights abuses in Myanmar, including possible genocide, Reuters reports.

The panel will prepare files for any future prosecution, officials say. The 47-member Council voted by 35 votes to three, with seven abstentions, in favor of a resolution brought by the European Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. China, the Philippines and Burundi voted against the move. The team is expected to cover a massive security crackdown that began in August 2017 and caused hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.

47-member council in Geneva on Thursday voted by 35 to three in favor of a resolution brought by the EU and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

China, the Philippines and Burundi voted against the move and the remainder either abstained or refrained from casting a vote.

The resolution calls for the establishment of an “independent mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyze evidence of the most serious international crimes and violations of international law committed in Myanmar since 2011.”

The text says the panel will be responsible for preparing “files in order to facilitate and expedite fair and independent criminal proceedings… in national, regional or international courts or tribunals.”

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