UN ‘suppressed’ Myanmar report
The UN commissioned and then “suppressed” a report that criticised its strategy in Myanmar and warned it was ill-prepared to deal with the impending Rohingya crisis, sources have told the Guardian.
The review, submitted in May, offered a critical analysis of the UN’s approach and said there should be “no silence on human rights”. The report, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, predicted a “serious deterioration” in the months following its submission and urged the UN to undertake “contingency planning”.
“It is recommended that, as a matter of urgency, UN headquarters identifies ways to improve overall coherence in the UN’s system approach,” wrote independent analyst Richard Horsey, the report’s author.
Security forces would be “heavyhanded and indiscriminate” in dealing with the Rohingya, said Horsey – a prediction that rang true when Rohingya militants attacked dozens of outposts on 25 August, prompting a massive military crackdown.
Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said: “The UN is going to have to acknowledge their significant share of blame in letting this situation descend this far, this fast.”