Dhaka, Bangladesh
NHRC demands Myanmar’s trial for genocide in Rakhine

NHRC demands Myanmar’s trial for genocide in Rakhine

COX’S BAZAR, Sept 13: Bangladesh’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque recently demanded Myanmar be exposed to trial for committing “genocide” in Rakhine state while the United Nations branded the violence there a “textbook” example of ethnic cleansing, reports BSS. “This genocide needs to be tried at international court,” Hoque told a press briefing here as surges of refugees hit in this southeastern town bordering Myanmar with horrifying stories of atrocities at their homeland. He added: “The killing, arson, torture and rape of Rohingya people by the Myanmar military and border guards is an unprecedented incident in the history of the world.” atrocity Hoque also described as “extreme violation of human rights the persecution of Rohingyas and force them to flee their home. The UN Human Rights Council, meanwhile, slammed recently Myanmar’s apparent “systematic attack” on the Rohingya minority, fearing that ethnic cleansing there seemed to be underway. Chief of the UN organization Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said Myanmar was conducting a “cruel military operation” against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state forcing so far 300,000 of them to cross into southern Bangladesh in just over two weeks. “Because Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators the current situation cannot yet be fully assessed, but the situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” he said. Bangladesh’s quasi judicial rights body chief, meanwhile, called upon the influential countries and global forums to mount intensified pressures on Myanmar government to stop the barbarous atrocities alongside extending their hands to the victims. The NHRC chief earlier visited the makeshift refugee camps and talked to the displaced Myanmar nationals to hear from them the extent of violence in the military-led clampdown against a shadow Rohingya group in Rakhine.

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