Hundreds Of Rohingyas Killed In Western Myanmar

Hundreds Of Rohingyas Killed In Western Myanmar
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Hundreds of people have been killed during the military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state and Myanmar’s security forces have committed mass killings including babies and young children, brutal beatings, disappearances and gang rapes that likely amounts to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing, according to the United Nations.

“The ‘area clearance operations’ have likely resulted in hundreds of deaths,” a report from the UN’s human rights office said, referring to a military crackdown launched  in the wake of an attack on a military post.

Zeid Raad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said that Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi promised on Friday to investigate the allegations.

“She informed me that an investigation will be launched. She said that they would require further information,” he said.

The report, which was based on interviews with 204 Rohingya refugees who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, recounted gruesome violations allegedly carried out by members of Myanmar’s security services or civilian fighters working alongside the army and the police.

Of the 101 women interviewed, more than half said they had been raped or sexually assaulted. Several women has told UN investigators how their young children, including a newborn, were trampled or cut to death.

Security forces were also accused of opening fire at people fleeing and burning entire villages, as well as of “massive and systematic rape and sexual violence; deliberate destruction of food and sources of food”.

The UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF has also voiced concern over grave violations of children’s rights in northern part of Rakhine State.

“Such violations of children’s rights are totally unacceptable. Every child has the right to protection, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity, religion or nationality, in every circumstance,” UNICEF said.

 

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