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Sweden's lesson: Secure the evidence to trap Myanmar in the future

– We need to have a perseverance, and a long-term perspective, this can take time. Therefore, the evidence secured and the testimony to be systematized, in order to be able to be used when it becomes politically possible, " says a source at the foreign MINISTRY to DN.

It can take 10 years or 15 years, before the responsible military officers and politicians in Myanmar are brought to justice in the International criminal court in the Hague or any other tribunal.

But a decision was made at the UN human rights council in Geneva that the mechanism is to be established is a proof that the international community will not give in the question.

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It is also a proof of what cooperation can generate even when countries like China and Russia prevented agreement in the security council.

in the UN security council on 1 January 2017 were Myanmar only sporadically in the regular discussions. A single of the items on the unsc agenda treated Asia, and it was north Korea.

Two years later, there are also Myanmar. Sweden has won a couple of small successes through the work to re-establish an envoy for Myanmar has become a reality and a visit to the country by the security council implemented.

in particular, it has been a bitterly manglande. The UN has in its own report stated that the militärbefäl should be tried for genocide on the rohinghyer. Crimes against humanity are suspected. Sweden's goal has been a resolution in the security council, but China has not even wanted to take in the issue and, therefore, the UN has not been able to reach further with their own report.

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When the united states under president Donald Trump pulled himself back on the world stage, China has stepped forward.

for China and cost more politically to the country if this had taken place during the time of Barack Obama. Then, it would have been easier to isolate China, " says the source at the foreign MINISTRY.

Now it is time for Sweden to hand over the lessons of its work to the new members of the security council, including Germany and Belgium.

The gained knowledge is: if China and Russia get too much influence, there is a risk that the international efforts are hampered. It can mean that the pressure on Myanmar's leadership disappear. Show rather than endurance and secure evidence – for this is a game that will last for a long time.

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