Other UN Reports

In his August 2020 report to the General Assembly on the situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar, the UN Secretary-General stated that: “As progress is made in the work of the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, the cooperation of Member States in the region, including, first and foremost, that of Myanmar, will be crucial to obtain access to witnesses, victims and other sources of information. That will enable the Mechanism to effectively implement its mandate, thereby contributing to accountability for serious international crimes committed in Myanmar since 2011 and to the deterrence of future crimes.”

The Secretary-General added that: “Accountability for crimes committed, including against the Rohingya population in Myanmar, is paramount; without accountability, peace and national reconciliation efforts will be undermined.” He called upon States, including Myanmar, to cooperate fully with existing accountability mechanisms, including the Mechanism.

In his March 2021 report to the Security Council on conflict-related sexual violence, the Secretary-General called for “immediate, full, unrestricted and unmonitored access to the territory of Myanmar, including for the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar.”