Egypt condemns human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Egypt condemns human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Htin Lynn, Myanmar's permanent representative to the Geneva, said that although Myanmar is ready to increase cooperation with the support national efforts to improve the situation in Rakhine state, it is first necessary to focus on repatriating the refugees, according to a statement issued Tuesday by Zeid's office (OHCHR).

The U.N. estimates over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August to escape a bloody crackdown by security forces in Myanmar.

Zeid meanwhile lamented the refusal inside Myanmar, but also by some global players to even name the Rohingyas, creating "a shameful paradox: they are denied a name, while being targeted for being who they are".

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, U.N. high commissioner for human rights, urged the Geneva-based Council to recommend that the U.N. General Assembly establish a new mechanism for assisting with criminal investigations of perpetrators of violence against Rohingya Muslims.

Pointing to the vast array of known abuses, "the burning of houses with families inside", he asked: "Can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present?"

She warned that rampant sexual attacks on Rohingya appeared to be "used as a tool of dehumanization and collective punishment", citing witness accounts of women and girls tied to rocks or trees "before multiple soldiers literally raped them to death".

"While this is welcome, there is more the body could have done", he said of the resolution, such as demanding safeguards for Rohingya who might return home under a repatriation deal between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Marzuki Darusman, head of the independent global fact-finding mission, said by video from Malaysia: "We will go where the evidence leads us".

Myanmar disassociated itself from the call for the urgent dispatch of a fact-finding mission, and the government refused to grant entry visas to commission members.

Rights advocates hailed the resolution.

The UN Human Rights Council has condemned systematic violations against Rohingya communities in Myanmar and called on the government to ensure justice for victims and access to Rakhine state for investigators and aid workers.

The council's resolution broke little new ground other than calling for Zeid's office to report on Myanmar's cooperation with United Nations rights investigators.

"This is crucial to lay the groundwork for accountability for atrocities against Rohingya women, men and children, as well as to ensure the voluntary, safe and dignified return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees".

He was speaking at a special council session Tuesday on the Rohingya's plight.

"It is imperative that any individuals or entities responsible for atrocities be held accountable", the USA state department said. "The worldwide community has made clear that it does not accept the denial of both the military and civilian leadership, whose attempts to whitewash these crimes undermine any chance of durable rights or reconciliation".

It also asked Zeid's office to track progress in the country and to provide regular updates to the council and submit a full report by March 2019.