United Nations | Myanmar's Rohingya likely faced crimes against humanity

United Nations | Myanmar's Rohingya likely faced crimes against humanity

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.

Myanmar's security forces may be guilty of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, according to the top United Nations human rights official this week.

A top Myanmar diplomat has rejected allegations by the United Nations human rights chief that the country's government has taken action to "dehumanize" Rohingya Muslims.

ZeidRa'ad al-Hussein was addressing a Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

The refugees have fled a military operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes, and torched Rohingya villages.

He said Myanmar authorities had refused to give his office access to Rakhine, and that he had instead sent three teams to Bangladesh to monitor the situation and interview refugees.


It passed 33 to 3 - China, the Philippines and Burundi voted against it - with nine abstentions.

These four courageous Rohingya Muslims have told their chilling stories after escaping Myanmar and reaching Bangladesh. Myanmar's army says it has been targeting Rohingya militants.

Marzuki Darusman, head of an independent worldwide fact-finding mission on Myanmar, said by video from Malaysia: "We will go where the evidence leads us". They include indiscriminate shooting and stabbing of villagers, rape, beatings and the burning of houses with families inside.

The rights chief then asked: "Considering Rohingyas' self-identify as a distinct ethnic group with their own language and culture - and [that they] are also deemed by the perpetrators themselves as belonging to a different ethnic, national, racial or religious group - given all of this, can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present?" "Deep divisions between communities remain unaddressed and human access is inadequate", she said.

Zeid, however, said no repatriation of Rohingya to Myanmar should occur without "sustained human rights monitoring" to ensure they can live safely.

He was speaking at a special council session Tuesday on the Rohingya's plight.

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