'A top UN rights expert has warned that Myanmar’s crackdown on the persecuted Rohingya bears "the hallmarks of genocide," insisting that the government should be held accountable for the ongoing crimes against the Muslim community.
The UN special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, told the UN Human Rights Council in the Swiss city of Geneva on Monday that she was increasingly convinced the crackdown may amount to genocide. Lee also suggested the term was not strong enough.
"I am becoming more convinced that crimes committed ... bear the hallmarks of genocide, and call in the strongest terms for accountability," media outlets quoted her as saying.
The quest for accountability "must be aimed at the individuals who gave the orders and carried out violations against individuals and entire ethnic and religious groups," Lee added.
"The government leadership who did nothing to intervene, stop or condemn these acts must also be held accountable,” she noted.
The South Korean academic, who is investigating Myanmar's ongoing crackdown against the Rohingya, voiced alarm at "credible reports" of widespread indiscriminate killings, including by burning people alive.
She pointed to "conservative estimates" that at least 6,700 Rohingya, including at least 730 children under the age of five, were killed in the first month of violence alone.'
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