BANGKOK (AP) — A special United Nations mission on Monday called Myanmar accountable in international legal forums for alleged genocide against its Rohinya Muslim minority. In a report published after two years documenting human rights violations by security forces, the Independent International Investigation Mission concluded that the 2017 counterinsurgency operations included «genocidal acts».
Thousands of people died and more than 740,000 Rohinya fled to Bangladesh to save their lives, according to the report. HELP US Click the Google News star and follow usThe threat of genocide continues for the approximately 600,000 Rohinya still in Myanmar, living in «deplorable» conditions and suffering persecution. The situation makes it impossible for refugees to repatriate, the mission said.» The threat of genocide continues for the rest of the Rohingya,» Marzuki Darusman, the mission director, said in a statement. The report summarized and updated six other reports previously published by the mission detailing arbitrary arrests, torture and inhumane treatment, rape and other forms of sexual violence, arbitrary, extrajudicial or high-court killings, enforced disappearances, forced displacement and illegal destruction of property. The report will be presented tuesday in Geneva to the Human Rights Council, which established the mission in 2017.Muslim Rohinya are highly discriminated against in Myanmar, a Buddhist-majority country where they are deemed to have immigrated illegally from Bangladesh , even though many families had been living in Myanmar for generations. Most are denied citizenship and basic civil rights. Many’s homes were destroyed during a counterinsurgency operation and there is little sign that refugees will not face the same discrimination if they returned. Last month, a plan to repatriate a first group fell apart when no one wanted to come back. The UN mission has focused on the Rohinya in Rakhine state, but it also encompasses the actions of the Myanmar army _ known as Tatamada _ towards other minorities in Rakhine, Chin, Shan, Kachin and Karen states.The team noted that also those groups suffered «marginalization, discrimination and brutality» by the military.