Myanmar Army must face genocide charges, UN probe revealed

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The United Nations said that top military leaders from Myanmar must be investigated for genocide of Rohingya, reports said.

“Military necessity would never justify killing indiscriminately, gang raping women, assaulting children, and burning entire villages,” the UN report said, adding that this must be elevated to the International Criminal Court.

BBC reported that at least 700,000 Rohingyans have fled the country for the past year.“The mission, which was established by the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017, found that Myanmar’s armed forces had taken actions that undoubtedly amount to the gravest crimes under international law,” an Al Jazeera report read.

Marzuki Darusman, the chairman of the investigative mission, said that the Rohingya is “in a continuing situation of severe systemic and institutionalised oppression from birth to death,” adding that they have found evidence of extermination and deportation in the state of Rakhine.

Reports said that the UN investigators estimate that about 10,000 were killed in the violence.

“We are convinced the international community holds the key to dismantling the destructive veil of impunity in Myanmar,” said Christopher Sidoti, also a member of the investigatory committee.

This has been considered as strongest condemnation yet from the international community, said a report.

Meanwhile, Facebook has already removed accounts that are associated with the Myanmar military, which included at least 18 accounts and 52 Pages.

The media described Facebook’s move as “unusually prompt.”

The social media giant has also pledged to get more Burmese speakers “to monitor hate speech on Facebook” in relation to the clamor against those who are spreading anti-Rohingya rhetoric, said UK-based paper The Guardian in its report.

However, The Guardian noted that the Facebook account of Myanmar’s de facto leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was not removed despite reports that the said account is being utilized to spread disinformation.

The plight of the Rohingya, which the UN earlier described as “textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” is considered as world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. They are considered as the largest percentage of Muslim in Myanmar, with most residing in the Rakhine state, the BBC further said in its report.