Guwahati, September 17, 2019:
A United Nations (UN) fact-finding mission stated that hundreds of Rohingya Muslims who are in Myanmar face systematic persecution and are living under the threat of genocide.
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Reportedly, Myanmar security forces are accused of killings, gang rapes, and arson during a crackdown in August 2017 that led to the migration of over 7 lakh people to flee Rakhine State for neighbouring Bangladesh.
However, Myanmar has dismissed the report by the UN-appointed panel and refuted to the allegations. The report stated, “Military personnel carried out a campaign against the
Rohingya with ‘genocidal intent’ and should stand trial.”
It also stated, “The threat of genocide is continuing for the remaining Rohingya.”
The report further said that nearly 6 lakh Rohingya are living in “deplorable” conditions in the Rakhine State which is subject to restrictions on movement causing a threat to their lives.
“These facts underscore the impossibility of return for the nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees, mostly in Bangladesh,” it added.
On the other hand, Myanmar has rejected the fact-finding mission during its formation in March 2017. It was formed with a mandate to investigate military abuses against the Rohingya.
However, the new report accuses security forces of the “torture and ill-treatment” of suspected insurgents in northern Myanmar. It further said, “Sexual and gender-based violence by the Myanmar military “remains a prominent feature of conflicts in Shan and Kachin states”.
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