POST TIME: 19 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
He casts doubts on Myanmar probe
Genocide may have taken place in Rakhine
Says UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

Genocide may have taken place in Rakhine

Acts of genocide have possibly taken place against Rohingyas in Rakhne State of Myanmar, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said yesterday. In the opening of 38th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, he also cast doubts on the standards of investigations pledged by the Myanmar authorities into the alleged acts of abuses.

“In Myanmar, as the Council is aware, there are clear indications of well-organised, widespread and systematic attacks continuing to target the Rohingyas in Rakhine State as an ethnic group, amounting possibly to acts of genocide if so established by a court of law,” said the UN HR chief in his last global update.

In Kachin and northern Shan states, conflict have again escalated since October last year, and longstanding and widely reported human rights violations in the country include allegations of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and inhuman treatment, rape and other forms of sexual violence, forced labour, recruitment of children into armed forces, and indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks arising from conflicts between security forces and armed groups, he said.

“Although Myanmar has stated that it will investigate allegations and prosecute alleged perpetrators, its actions to date have not met minimal standards of credibility or impartiality,” said Zeid, who will end his tenure in next two months and a half.

“Due to continuing refusals to permit access, the OHCHR, the country special rapporteur and the fact-finding mission have conducted remote monitoring,” he said.

“In the context of the MoU that the Government of Myanmar has established with the UNDP and UNHCR for the repatriation  of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh, I reiterate that no repatriation should occur in the absence of sustained human rights monitoring on the ground, in the areas concerned,” he added.