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UN to gather evidence on Rohingya genocide

| Updated: March 12, 2018 12:02:17

UN to gather evidence on Rohingya genocide

United Nations Special Adviser on Genocide Prevention Adama Dieng said the organisation decided to amass evidence of genocide on Rohingyas through a judicial investigation.

The UN high official told it to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque when the former met the latter in Dhaka on Sunday.

The NHRC chief told reporters that UN is trying to amass evidence of five "acts of genocide" as Myanmar military carried out the atrocities on ethnic minority community, reports BSS.

"Adama told me that an independent UN judicial investigation team needs to be sent to Myanmar . . . if they find the fives acts of genocide, the perpetrators could be exposed to justice," Hoque said.

The NHRC chief, however, echoed Adama's fears whether Myanmar would allow the UN team to visit its western Rakhine State, the scene of atrocities, saying "it depends on Myanmar".

Naypyidaw earlier repeatedly declined to allow international groups from visiting the state since the army-led persecution began in August 25 last year.

Hoque said if the team find elements of genocide, the UN could follow instances of Rwanda and Kosovo for trying the Myanmar generals and others concerned in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague.

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