UN Investigation Finds “Genocidal Intent” in Myanmar

01-09-18 08:02:00,

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After 10,000 Rohingya deaths and hundreds of thousands of exiles, a new United Nations report has found signs of “genocidal intent” in Myanmar, where the military has been persecuting the Rohingya Muslim minority.

The UN is calling for trials in the case of the prime offenders, including a group of generals — Soe Win, Aung Kyaw Zaw, Maung Maung Soe, Aung Aung and Than Oo — as well as the commander-in-chief.

Advocates have been warning that the situation in Myanmar appears to be approaching “ethnic cleansing” or “genocide,” but this report codifies the work of an independent fact-finding commission for the international community.

The members of the team have worked for over a year to document activities in Myanmar and beyond, and their evidence collection includes interviews as well as visual records. Their report was filed without official access to Myanmar, as the government refused to cooperate.

While international leaders may have had an excuse for failing to act before these atrocities came to light, this document puts pressure on them to hold Myanmar’s government and military accountable for continued human rights abuses.

The military has been claiming for years that it is engaged in routine operations to protect national security. Human rights advocates — and now the UN — maintain that this is clearly not the case. Instead, the Rohingya are being subjected to a targeted campaign of harassment and murder.

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