OOP Digital Desk: Myanmar civilian leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, and the country’s armed forces chief Gen Aung Min Hlaing, may face genocide charges in the coming days, said the UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein.
The UN had earlier described the Rohingya deaths as “text book instance of ethnic cleansing.”
The UN human rights chief, earlier in December, called for a criminal investigation to the death of thousands of Rohingyas.
According to the UN human rights chief, the proof of persecution of the Rohingyas is intimidating, and it’s time for the international community to act.
According to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, the Myanmar military carried out systematic killings of thousands of Rohingyas in Rakhine, since August this year. Rapes of Rohingya women, men, and children were everyday incidents. Genitals of Rohingya males were cut so that no pure-bred Roningyas are born in the future. HRW said, it was a part of the Myanmar government’s ethnic cleansing campaign, which forced nearly 650,000 Rohingyas to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.
The scale of military operation, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said, clearly indicates that the decision to crackdown on the Rohingyas was taken at the topmost level. That could not have possibly happened without the knowledge of Aung San Suu Kyi. Even if it was carried out sans her knowledge, then it’s a crime of omission as she did nothing to stop it, he added.
The military crackdown was launched after the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacked some Myanmar security force outposts on 25 August.