- Title: Rohingya still in Myanmar face 'threat of genocide': United Nations
- Date: 17th September 2019
- Summary: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (SEPTEMBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) MEMBER OF THE INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL FACT-FINDING MISSION ON MYANMAR, CHRIS SIDOTI, SAYING: "They control every law in Myanmar, except the constitution, they can change the citizenship Act and haven't. The can repeal the four laws for protection of race and religion from 2015 and haven't. They can change the law dealing with freedom of media and haven't. They can change the law dealing with freedom of association and assembly and have not. They run the courts. They run the prosecution service. The longer this goes on, the more impossible it is for the civilian side of the government to escape international criminal responsibility for the human rights situation in Myanmar." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS
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- Keywords: genocide Rohingya Aung San Suu Kyi investigation
- Location: GENEVA, UNITED NATIONS/ TEKNAF, COX'S BAZAR AND BORDER AREA NEAR COX'S BAZAR. BANGLADESH/ KYEING CHAUNG VILLAGE, MAUNGDAW, RAKHINE STATE AND NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR
- City: GENEVA, UNITED NATIONS/ TEKNAF, COX'S BAZAR AND BORDER AREA NEAR COX'S BAZAR. BANGLADESH/ KYEING CHAUNG VILLAGE, MAUNGDAW, RAKHINE STATE AND NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR
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- Story Text: Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who remain inside Myanmar face systematic persecution and are living under the threat of genocide, a U.N. Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) said on Tuesday (September 17), repeating calls for top generals to face trial.
Myanmar security forces are accused of killings, gang rape and arson during a crackdown that drove more than 730,000 people to flee western Rakhine state for neighbouring Bangladesh after attacks on police posts by Rohingya insurgents in August 2017.
Myanmar has rejected most of the accusations and dismissed a report last September by a U.N.-appointed panel which said military officers carried out the campaign against the Rohingya with "genocidal intent" and should stand trial.
Some 600,000 Rohingya are living in "deplorable" conditions in Myanmar's Rakhine state, subject to restrictions on movement that touch almost every aspect of their lives, the U.N. report said.
Myanmar's Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun told the U.N. Human Rights Council that his government reject, once again, the FFM's accusation as it "has lack of thorough understanding" of Myanmar's culture.
Myanmar rejected the fact-finding mission when it was formed at the rights forum in March 2017, with a mandate to investigate military abuses against the Rohingya and in other conflicts with ethnic armed groups in Myanmar.
The new report accuses the security forces of "torture and ill-treatment" of suspected insurgents in northern Myanmar
The U.N. panel said the evidence it gathered from nearly 1,300 interviews with witnesses had been passed to a new investigative mechanism for Myanmar which will support any future prosecution in international courts.
One of the experts, member of the FFM, Chris Sidoti, told a news conference following the presentation of the report in front of the U.N. Human Rights Council, that the civilian government was also responsible for the human rights violation in Myanmar.
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