Genocide against Rohingyas Cannot be Ruled Out: UN Human Rights Chief

Rohingya Mother with her baby in Rohingya camp. Photo: Mahadi Hasan Sumon, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Rohingya Mother with her baby in Rohingya camp. Photo: Mahadi Hasan Sumon, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

The human rights chief of United Nations Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said an act of genocide against Rohingya cannot be ruled out.

Myanmar’s Rohingyas are one of the most persecuted ethnic minorities in the world. Myanmar authority has been accused of systematically oppressing Rohingyas.

Since August 25, Myanmar military has killed hundreds of Rohingyas, raped many Rohingya women and tortured thousands of other men, women, and children.

More than 600,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar since the latest wave of violence erupted in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

Mr. Zeid, the United Nations human rights chief said, no Rohingyas should be sent back to Myanmar unless “there was sustained human rights monitoring on the ground.”

He listed the sorts of violence the Rohingyas suffering including “killing by random firing of bullets, use of grenades, shooting at close range, stabbings, beatings to death and the burning of houses with families inside.”

The rights chief Mr. Zeid asked: “Considering Rohingyas’ self-identify as a distinct ethnic group with their own language and culture – and [that they] are also deemed by the perpetrators themselves as belonging to a different ethnic, national, racial or religious group – given all of this, can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present?”

The United Nations, so far, has described the ongoing violence and manslaughter in Myanmar as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.

The United Nations did not officially declare the violence against Rohingyas as a genocide yet.  But the international rights groups have reiteratedly described the oppression against Rohingyas as genocide.

“Ultimately, this is a legal determination only a competent court can make,” Mr. Zeid told the council session in Geneva.

“But the concerns are extremely serious, and clearly call for access to be immediately granted for further verification.”


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