Try Myanmar military chiefs for genocide: UN

Try Myanmar military chiefs for genocide: UN

Report condemns violation of Rohingya Muslims’ rights

Geneva : Investigators working for the UN’s top human rights body said on Monday top Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide against Rohingya Muslims.

The call, accompanying a first report by the investigators, amounts to some of the strongest language yet from UN officials who have denounced alleged human rights violations in Myanmar since a bloody crackdown began last August.

The 3-member “fact-finding mission” working under a mandate from the UN-backed Human Rights Council meticulously assembled hundreds of accounts by expatriate Rohingya, satellite footage and other information to assemble the report.

The UN-backed Human Rights Council created the mission six months before a rebel attack on security posts set off the crackdown that drove hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Through hundreds of interviews with expatriate Rohingya and use of satellite footage, the team compiled accounts of crimes including gang rape, the torching of hundreds of villages, enslavement, and killings of children. The team was not granted access to Myanmar and has decried a lack of cooperation or even response from the government.

The team cited a “conservative” estimate that some 10,000 people were killed in the violence, but outside investigators have had no access to the affected regions — making a precise accounting elusive, if not impossible. Above all, the investigators said the situation in Myanmar should be referred to the International Criminal Court, and if not, to a special tribunal.

Human rights watchers say determining “genocidal intent” is perhaps the most difficult criteria to meet: In essence, it’s the task of assessing the mindsets of perpetrators to determine if ethnicity, race, religion or another attribute had motivated them. “The crimes in Rakhine state, and the manner in which they were perpetrated, are similar in nature, gravity and scope to those that have allowed genocidal intent to be established in other contexts,” the report said.

The investigators cited six Myanmar military leaders by name as “priority subjects” for possible prosecution, led by the commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing. A longer list of names is to be kept in the office of the UN human rights chief for possible use in future judicial proceedings.

FB blocks A/Cs

Yangon: Facebook announ­c­ed on Monday it has block­ed the accounts of the comm­a­n­der-in-chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces, Min Aung Hlaing, and others to prevent the spread of hate speech and fake news.

“Today, we are taking more action in Myanmar, removing a total of 18 Facebook acco­unts, one Instagram account and 52 Facebook Pages, foll­o­w­ed by almost 12 million people. We are preserving data, including content, on the accounts and pages we have removed,” FB said.

“We want to prevent them from using our service to further inflame ethnic and religious tensions,” added FB.

In addition to General Hlaing, the Myanmar military television network, Myawady, has also been blocked.


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