Myanmar's leaders 'must face genocide charge'


The account, replete with doctored images and false captions, represents a "chilling rewriting of history in what appears to be an attempt to justify the killing of thousands of Rohingya", says The Guardian.

Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, said in March that social media had played a "determining role" in Myanmar.

He also noted that Israel continues, through its army, security services, and military industries, sending various weapons to the Armed Forces of Myanmar, including military technology. The investigators concluded that Myanmar's military, known as the Tatmadaw, committed atrocities that "undoubtedly amount to the gravest crimes under worldwide law" and called for top commanders, by name, to be prosecuted at the global Criminal Court (ICC) or at an alternative tribunal.

Haley and other ambassadors stopped short, however, of using the word "genocide" that was cited in a UN-backed report released the day before accusing Myanmar's top brass of a long list of atrocities in Rakhine state.

The UN fact-finders made use of satellite images and hundreds of interviews with victims and witnesses to reconstruct the "ethnic cleansing" campaign (the term the United States government is using) that began in October 2016.

Myanmar is rejecting the findings of a special United Nations investigative panel accusing the military of genocide and other human rights abuses during last year's crackdown against the minority Rohingya Muslims.

Afterwards, the committee members said the visit to Rakhine "provided them the opportunity to have better understanding of the situation on the ground and to hear the voices of the different communities", according to a commission press statement published by the newspaper.

"They should be thinking proactively about what steps they will take to mitigate that", he said. "We've seen from the jurisprudence of the past that if you've enabled, you've abetted, you've been an accessory", Zeid said, stressing that while he was not accusing Facebook of that, "they have to be sure that they know where they are and what side of the law they are on".

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What is also worrying is the trend of similar targeting of Muslim minority groups in neighboring countries such as Sri Lanka, China and even India, whether in the form of reported cases of violence and abuse or restrictions on movement and worship or stripping of their citizenship.

It has called on the UN Security Council to refer the findings to the International Criminal Court.

He said the Rohingya have high expectations from the people and the government of Turkey.

DU VC Prof Akhtaruzzaman said: "We have to stand by the Rohingya people who have been displaced from their lands forcefully and brutally".

MILITARY leaders in Myanmar must be investigated for genocide in Rakhine state and crimes against humanity in other regions, a report by the UN-appointed investigators said this week.

Nearly 400,000 Rohingya kids moved to Bangladesh in the past year, and many are not in school.

Since Aug. 25, 2017, almost 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar's state forces, according to the Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA).