Myanmar Forces In Charge Of Genocide Against Rohingya: UN
The top UN human rights official said on Tuesday that the oppression of Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar's security forces may amount to genocide.

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said despite a deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh on Nov. 23 to return the Rohingya refugees to their homes and property, many more of them are still fleeing to Bangladesh.

Since August, after ethnic cleansing carried out by Myanmar’s armies, more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims escaped from Rakhine state in western Myanmar to Bangladesh.

Mr Zeid said UN investigators have received reports of acts of terrible barbarity committed against the Rohingyas and added none of the 626,000 Rohingya who has fled to Bangladesh should be expelled to Myanmar unless there was robust monitoring on the ground.

“acts of appalling barbarity committed against the Rohingya by security forces, including deliberately burning people to death inside their homes, murders of children and adults; indiscriminate shooting of fleeing civilians; widespread rapes of women and girls, and the burning and destruction of houses, schools, markets, and mosques,” Zeid reported.

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He told the 47-member council: “Can anyone, can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present?” asking the members to recommend to the UN General Assembly to authorise a new mechanism to investigate individual criminal responsibility.

While Myanmar’s government has refused UN investigators and journalists access to the affected areas in Rakhine state, at the same time it denied accusations of ethnic cleansing and crimes against Rohingyas.

Recently, the Amnesty International called on the Human Rights Council to pass a “strong resolution that sends a clear message to Myanmar’s government and military that their abhorrent treatment of the Rohingya must end immediately”.

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