Senior Advocate and Human Rights lawyer Indira Jaising has been designated by United Nations to lead a fact-finding mission to examine the alleged killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Reuters reported that the mission will be led by Indira Jaising, an advocate of the Supreme Court of India. Jaising was the first woman to be chosen as the Additional Solicitor General of India. Other two members include Harvard-trained Sri Lankan lawyer Radhika Coomaraswamy and Australian consultant Christopher Dominic.
“Some 75,000 Rohingya fled northwestern Rakhine state to Bangladesh after the Myanmar army carried out a security operation last October in response to attacks by Rohingya insurgents on border posts in which nine police officers were killed. A UN report from February, based on interviews with some of the Rohingya refugees, said Myanmar’s security forces have committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya in a campaign that “very likely” amounts to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing. The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to set up the mission in March. It was brought by the European Union and supported by countries including the United States that called for “ensuring full accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims”, states the report.
Jaising is a senior human rights lawyer. She is also the founder of ‘Lawyers Collective,’ an NGO chiefly dedicated to issues linked to woman and children. Besides, she was the first woman designated as a Senior Advocate by Bombay High Court.