United Nations rights body passes Rohingya crimes measure

United Nations rights body passes Rohingya crimes measure

Noting the progress made bilaterally between Bangladesh and Myanmar for repatriation of Rohingya refugees, Farukh Amil observed that this ongoing violence had forced hundreds of thousands of innocent Rohingya women, men and children to flee into neighbouring states for refuge. Myanmar's army says it has been targeting Rohingya militants.

The resolution said the 47-member body is "alarmed" by statements and reports of grave violations against the Rohingya that have been carried out in a "systematic, targeted and deliberate" way by security forces with the help of unspecified "non-state actors".

Zeid al-Hussein had previously described the campaign by Myanmar's military as "textbook" ethnic cleansing.

"Can anyone -can anyone- rule out that elements of genocide may be present?"

Until now, United Nations officials, including MrZeid, have described the violence in northern Rakhine state as "textbook ethnic cleansing".

He urged the council to request that the UN General Assembly set up a mechanism "to assist individual criminal investigations of those responsible".

The call for a new approach to prosecutions reflects the dim prospect of charges through the International Criminal Court.

The leader of a United Nations -mandated fact-finding mission for Myanmar say it's examining "in depth" allegations that genocide or crimes against humanity have been committed against the Rohingya.

But it is considered highly unlikely that China, a major investor and trading partner for Myanmar, would agree.

Officials at the United Nations have said they can not rule out the possibility of genocide being conducted against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by government soldiers.

However, it says it is working to implement a deal to allow the return of the 620,000 Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh over the past three months. "Conditions in Myanmar's Rakhaine state are not in place to enable a safe and sustainable return. refugees are still fleeing".

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