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
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
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