An eight-month-pregnant woman gang-raped by soldiers after they decapitated her son in front of her

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

Zeid Raad al-Hussein asked the UN's Human Rights Council at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland overnight, ABC News reported.

According to Reuters, Shahriar Alam, Bangladesh's junior foreign affairs minister, told the session in Geneva that his country was hosting almost one million "Myanmar nationals" following summary executions and rapes "as a weapon of persecution".

Meanwhile, another Myanmar official has reportedly denied plans to hold any returning Rohingya in camps, following earlier reports that authorities were building large detention facilities for them.

The measure broke little new ground but did instruct the United Nations human rights office to assess the level of cooperation of Myanmar's government with United Nations rights monitors and other experts.

He listed alleged abuses against the Rohingya, including "killing by random firing of bullets, use of grenades, shooting at close range, stabbings, beatings to death and the burning of houses with families inside".

The United Nations defines genocide as acts meant to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group in whole or in part.

While not mentioning the Rohingya directly, Ambassador Htin Lynn says any "dehumanization" of people in Myanmar "could be an act of extremist individuals".


"There will be no camps", he told the emergency session.

"It also calls for Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar's de facto leader) to exercise moral leadership, something that's needed now more than ever", Engel said in his remarks on the House floor on Wednesday.

"But the concerns are extremely serious, and clearly call for access to be immediately granted for further verification".

However, while ethnic cleansing is not a designated offence under worldwide law, genocide is the most serious of atrocity crimes.

The Rohingya are a stateless minority who have long experienced persecution in Myanmar.

The U.N. human rights chief says actions by Myanmar's government to "dehumanize" the Rohingya minority are likely to fan more violence and draw in communities from across the region.

Bangladesh also denies they are its citizens. After the latest wave of arrivals it now hosts more than a million Rohingya.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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