Monday, 27 August 2018

Myanmar generals must be tried for genocide against Rohingya, according to a UN report



Myanmar's top generals must be prosecuted for genocide over the treatment of the Rohingya, according to a UN report.
 
Six generals should be tried over orchestrated gross human rights violations and abuses in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan states, an independent fact-finding mission found.


The report's conclusions prompted British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt to pledge to go to Myanmar to "seek answers".


Hundreds of thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims fled across the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh after what many NGOs have described as ethnic cleansing.


Amnesty International said security forces carried out a "targeted campaign of widespread and systematic murder, rape and burning".


The UN report called for the alleged crimes to be investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.


However, Myanmar is not a signatory to the Rome Statute that established the court - so a referral would need Security Council approval. It is unclear whether China would agree.


The report says that instead an ad hoc body could be established to conduct prosecutions.





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