A damning report by the UN into its conduct in Myanmar condemns the organisation’s “obviously dysfunctional performance” over the past decade and concluded there was a systemic failure، as the Guardian said.
The report، seen by the Guardian ahead of publication، was commissioned by the secretary general، António Guterres following accusations that the UN sytem had ignored warning signs of escalating violence before an alleged genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority.
The report، written by the former Guatemalan foreign minister Gert Rosenthal، concluded there had been various damaging failures، including competing strategies between agencies، a “culture of mistrust” in relations with Myanmar’s government and “mixed and incomplete signals coming from the field”. The report is due to be made public this week.
“Without question، serious errors were committed and opportunities were lost in the UN system following a fragmented strategy rather than a common plan of action،” Rosenthal writes. “The overall responsibility was of a collective nature; in other words it can truly be characterised as a systemic failure of the United Nations.”
Myanmar’s military launched a crackdown on the Rohingya in Rakhine state in August 2017. The violence، which the UN described as ethnic cleansing and possible genocide، included the killing of thousands of people، the rape of women and children raped and the razing of villages razed. More than 700،000 Rohingya fled over the border to Bangladesh.