Myanmar Military Atrocities Against Rohingya May Be Genocide
Dec 07 2017 by Desiree Burns
However, it says it is working to implement a deal to allow the return of the 620,000 Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh over the past three months. Two delegations were absent.
He listed alleged abuses against the Rohingya, including "killing by random firing of bullets, use of grenades, shooting at close range, stabbings, beatings to death and the burning of houses with families inside".
While not mentioning the Rohingya directly, Ambassador Htin Lynn says any "dehumanization" of people in Myanmar "could be an act of extremist individuals".
The United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights says the mounting evidence of military-perpetrated atrocities against Rohingya Muslims could constitute worldwide criminal law's most serious charge.
Rohingya refugees continue to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh even though both countries set up a timetable last month to allow them to start to return home, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday.
The leader of a United Nations -mandated fact-finding mission for Myanmar say it's examining "in depth" allegations that genocide or crimes against humanity have been committed against the Rohingya.
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There has been widespread rape and sexual assault on Rohingya women and girls by Burmese security forces during violence against the ethnic minority in Rakhine State.
Marzuki Darusman, head of an independent global fact-finding mission on Myanmar, said by video from Malaysia: "We will go where the evidence leads us".
He spoke at a special council session on the Rohingya on Tuesday.
"More than 30,000 host community members now have access to safe water and sanitation services", he said. Zeid Raad al-Hussein asked the UN's Human Rights Council at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland overnight, ABC News reported.
Zeid, a Jordanian prince who goes by his first name, said no repatriation of Rohingya to Myanmar should occur without "sustained human rights monitoring" to ensure they can live safely and in dignity.