UN Investigators Call for Prosecution of Top Myanmar Officials for Genocide

On August 27, 2018, the United Nation’s Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released its report detailing the human rights abuses and war crimes of Myanmar government and military officials against the Rohingya people, a Muslim minority ethnic group who resided for centuries in the Buddhist-majority country of Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Drawing from over nearly 900 interviews with victims, eyewitnesses, and experts, obtained satellite imagery and photographs, as well as open source material, the Mission highlights a pattern of systemic persecution of the Rohingya over decades, as well as war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated principally by the Tamadaw (military) forces. The report makes clear that the violence and persecution against the Rohingya did not begin with the 2012 “clearance operations” orchestrated by the Tamadaw. Rather, the lack of legal status afforded to the Rohingya, coupled with increasingly exclusionary…

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