Rohingya leaders in Bangladesh challenge the United Nations to ensure Myanmar’s generals stand trial after investigators called for top military commanders to be prosecuted for genocide against the minority.
A UN fact-finding mission into violations in Myanmar said the country’s army chief and five other senior brass should be investigated over a brutal crackdown last year that drove 700,000 Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh.
The report commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council detailed a horrifying list of atrocities against the Rohingya, including murder, enforced disappearance, torture, and sexual violence “perpetrated on a massive scale.”
Estimates that 10,000 were killed in the 2017 crackdown were “conservative,” investigators said.
Myanmar has vehemently denied the allegations, insisting it was responding to attacks by Rohingya rebels.
Community leaders for the roughly one million displaced Rohingya in southern Bangladesh welcome calls for prosecution, but said they would judge the UN on its ability to deliver justice.
“The UN has to ensure that justice sees the light,” Rohingya community leader Abdul Gowffer tells AFP by phone.
“The commanders must face an ICC trial,” he adds, referring to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.