New York, A United Nations (UN) report has

said top military figures in Myanmar must be investigated for genocide

in Rakhine state and crimes against humanity in other areas.

The report, based on hundreds of interviews, is the strongest

condemnation from the UN so far of violence against the Rohingya.

The army’s tactics are “consistently and grossly

disproportionate to actual security threats,” it says.

It names six senior military figures it believes should go on trial.

It is also fiercely critical of Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San

Suu Kyi, for failing to intervene to stop the violence.

The report calls for the case to be referred to the International

Criminal Court (ICC).

The government has consistently said its operations targeted

militant or insurgent threats. But, the report says the crimes it has

documented are “shocking for the level of denial, normalcy and

impunity that is attached to them”.

“Military necessity would never justify killing indiscriminately, gang

raping women, assaulting children, and burning entire villages”.

Genocide is the most serious charge that can be made against

a government, and is rarely proposed by UN investigators.

The UN’s Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on

Myanmar was set up in March 2017 to investigate widespread

allegations of human rights abuses in Myanmar, particularly in Rakhine

state.

It began before the military started a large scale operation in

Rakhine in August 2017, after deadly attacks by Rohingya militants.

At least 700,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar in the subsequent

violence.

Rights groups like Amnesty International have long called for top

officials to be tried for crimes against humanity over the Rohingya

crisis, the BBC reported.

Source: Oman News Agency