United Nations to investigate rape and killings of Rohingya

United Nations to investigate rape and killings of Rohingya

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The UNHRC has said that it is starting a probe into the alleged killings and rapes of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.

During the last six months almost 70,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to avoid persecution, United Nations has collected accounts of mass killings and gang rapes.

The Myanmar government has said that this decision is “not acceptable” since they are carrying out their own investigation.

The resolution was brought by the European Union which was then adopted through consensus, according to the resolution an independent fact-finding mission will be dispatched as soon as possible which will “ensure full accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims.”

According to the Rohingya Muslim minority they are being targeted by the military who is using the excuse of cracking down insurgents.

United Nations had published a report last month after interviewing more than 200 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, more than half of these people had at least one family member killed by the military. A total of 101 women were also interviewed 52 of whom said that they experienced sexual abuse or were raped.

The report also included disturbing accounts of children as young as 8-months-old being slaughtered with knives.

The fact-finding mission is expected to publish a complete report in one year, however, an update will be given in September of this year.

The province of western Rakhine is home to almost one million Rohingya Muslims who claim to be descendants of Arabs. Over 100,000 people have been displaced since the communal violence erupted in 2012.

Two of the regional powers China and India have not backed the U.N decision and have said that they would remain disassociated from the U.N investigation.

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