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Joint Legal Opinion on the Government of Myanmar's Compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Context of the Treatment of Rohingya Children Following the Events of 25 August 2017

The Joint Legal Opinion by Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill and Dr. Jason Pobjoy, commissioned by Save the Children Norway, assesses for the first time whether the widespread atrocities perpetrated against the Rohingya in Rakhine State in late 2017 mean that the Government of Myanmar is in breach of its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most ratified treaty in the world.

The research finds that the response by the Myanmar Government to the August 2017 attacks on police posts, together with the ongoing discrimination against Rohingya, constitute violations of at least seven articles of the Convention.

The Joint Legal Opinion bases its analysis on material published by the UN Special Rapporteur, OCHCR, the Human Rights Council and other UN bodies as well as leading international NGOs, which allege that thousands of Rohingya have been killed by the Myanmar military’s “clearance operations”, while more than 700,000 have fled to Bangladesh.

Published 2018-07-23

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