Did UN ‘Self-Censorship’ Aggravate Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar?

A Rohingya refugee man hols his child as he swims to cross Myanmar-Bangladesh border in Palang Khali, Bangladesh, October 9, 2017. — Reuters

GENEVA (AP) — United Nations-backed investigators who examined a crackdown by Myanmar security forces that caused hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh issued a searing critique on Tuesday of the UN’s own response to the human rights crisis.

In a 432-page report, the members of a “fact-finding mission” on Myanmar fleshed out preliminary findings and recommendations released in a shorter version three weeks ago.

The investigators reiterated that senior Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide against the Rohingya during a deadly crackdown in Rakhine state.

The full report also provided new details about the investigators’ concerns about how the UN reacted during that spasm of violence.


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