UN: ‘Ongoing genocide’ against Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar has rejected accusations that its military committed atrocities in the crackdown last year that forced 720,000 Rohingya to flee over the border to Bangladesh. PHOTO: AFP

UNITED NATIONS — A genocide is still under way against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, a UN fact-finding team said Wednesday as it presented a report at the Security Council calling for the matter to be referred to the International Criminal Court.

Marzuki Darusman, chair of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, told a press conference that beyond mass killings, the conflict included the ostracization of the targeted population, prevention of births and widespread displacement in camps.

“It is an ongoing genocide,” Darusman said.

“We consider the genocide intent can be reasonably inferred,” he added as he presented the team’s report at a Security Council meeting called by Western powers but opposed by China and Russia.

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