UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Myanmar troops committed sexual violence against Rohingya women and girls in 2017 was an indication of the army’s intention to genocide to destroy the Muslim-majority ethnic minority, UN investigators found in a report released on Thursday.
The Commission of Independent Investigators, set up by the UN Human Rights Council in 2017, accused the government of Myanmar of not holding anyone accountable and said it bore responsibility “under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide for its inability to investigate and punish genocide”.
A military campaign in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which began in August 2017, forced more than 730,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. Myanmar denies widespread abuses and says the military campaign in hundreds of villages in northern Rakhine State was in response to attacks by Rohingya militants.
“Hundreds of Rohingya women and girls were raped,” the report said. Of these, 80 percent were classified by the Commission as mass rape. Tatmadaw (Myanmar army) is responsible for 82 percent of these mass rapes. ”
The Myanmar government has refused to allow UN investigators into the country. Investigators traveled to refugee camps in Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia and met with officials from aid groups, research centers, academics and government organizations.
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