UN official convinced Myanmar’s actions constitute genocide
A UN official investigating human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee on Monday called for an immediate investigation into “clearance operations” in Rakhine State, stating she is increasingly convinced the state’s actions amount to genocide.
Lee called for a thorough investigation into the “alleged crimes that were committed in Rakhine State since October 9, 2016 and August 25, 2017, and for the violations that continue today.”
Experts of the UN Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar have reported that Myanmar security forces have committed “clearance operations,” driving nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh since August.
The operation is a response to Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA)attacks. However, “these operations resulted in a very high number of casualties.” The report states, “people died from gunshot wounds, often due to indiscriminate shooting at fleeing villagers. Some were burned alive in their homes – often the elderly, disabled and young children. Others were hacked to death.
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