United Nations to act on genocide against Rohingya muslims

Mohhamad Hussein, who arrived in Bangladesh in October holds a discarded syringe that he was playing with at the Thankhali refugee camp in Coxs Bazar Dec. 2 2017

The United Nations human rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, said in Geneva on Tuesday that Burmese security forces may be guilty of genocide, adding global pressure on Myanmar to be investigated for crimes against humanity.

Myanmar continues to bar United Nations investigators from the country, and Zeid al-Hussein acknowledged that prosecutions for such crimes were "rare".

Since Aug. 25, more than 625,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN.

Myanmar's ambassador on the council denied the claims and said that his government was working with Bangladesh to help relocate those who had lost their homes.

We will remind, recently in Bangladesh, wild elephants attacked the refugee camp of Muslim Rohingya, killing four people.

The leader of a United Nations -mandated fact-finding mission for Myanmar say it's examining "in depth" allegations that genocide or crimes against humanity have been committed against the Rohingya.

More than 100 days have passed since an upsurge in violence in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state forced almost 626,000 Rohingya to flee for safety to Bangladesh.

Marzuki Darusman, who heads the independent fact-finding mission, told the Human Rights Council by videoconference that his team has "not yet come to any conclusion on these issues". They include indiscriminate shooting and stabbing of villagers, rape, beatings and the burning of houses with families inside.

As reported by the Reuters news agency, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that none of the 626,000 Rohingya who have fled violence to Bangladesh since August should be repatriated to Myanmar unless there was robust monitoring on the ground.

"More than 30,000 host community members now have access to safe water and sanitation services", he said.

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

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