Factual Findings

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Factual Findings & Legal Analysis

FORTHCOMING, October 2018

About this Report

In March and April 2018, the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), at the request of the U.S. Department of State, undertook an as yet unprecedented large-scale and comprehensive human rights documentation investigation mission in the refugee camps and settlement areas in Eastern Bangladesh.  The purpose of this investigation mission was to provide an accurate accounting of the patterns of abuse and atrocity crimes perpetrated against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and to help inform the policy decisions of the U.S. government related to accountability in Myanmar.  PILPG’s investigation team ultimately conducted 1,024 interviews with Rohingya refugees, and those interviews are the basis of this Report.

The factual findings of PILPG’s investigation mission formed the basis of the State Department’s recently released report on human rights violations against the Rohingya.  At the conclusion of its investigation, PILPG provided the State Department with the more than 15,000 pages of documentation collected from the 1,024 interviews conducted by PILPG.  Along with this information, PILPG drafted an initial qualitative report for the State Department to outline the findings and initial conclusions from PILPG’s investigation mission.  PILPG also provided to the State Department a quantitative database with more than 13,000 coded instances of grave human rights violations.

The purpose of this Factual Findings Report (“Report”) is to present the key factual findings of PILPG’s investigation mission, including the patterns of violence and violations perpetrated against the Rohingya.  This Report is the first of two PILPG reports on the investigation mission.

Since the conclusion of the investigation mission, and with substantial support from an array of international attorneys and international criminal law experts, PILPG has also been drafting an extensive legal analysis of the factual findings.  PILPG will publish this analysis, along with recommendations for future justice accountability efforts in its second report.  PILPG’s second report on the investigation mission, the Factual Findings & Legal Analysis Report, is forthcoming October 2018.


Please submit all inquiries about this Report to rohingyareportinquiries@pilpg.org

“You could hear screaming. The girls were screaming so loud like their souls were leaving their bodies.”
— 65-year old Rohingya man from Maungdaw
“They were hunting us.”
— 25-year old Rohingya man from Buthidaung
“Children were hacked and thrown into the fire. There were more children killed than adults.”
— 30-year old Rohingya woman from Maungdaw