Genocide against minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, also known as Burma, continues even as the government denies committing human rights violations, United Nations investigators said last week.
Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the independent UN fact-finding mission, said thousands of Rohingya are still leaving for neighboring Bangladesh after last year’s deadly military crackdown that sent at least 700,000 Rohingya fleeing. An estimated 250,000 to 450,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar continue to suffer repression and restrictions, he said.
“It is an ongoing genocide that is taking place at the moment,” Darusman said.
In September, the UN fact-finding mission called the systematic violence against the Rohingya “the gravest crimes under international law.”
Darusman said the Myanmar government’s hardened position confirms the international community needs to take action since “accountability cannot be expected from national processes.” He also reiterated calls for targeted sanctions against senior military generals. Myanmar Ambassador to the UN Hau Do Suan rejected the report as “full of prejudice” and condemned the mission’s calls for an independent investigation. —O.O.