Security Forces Abusing Human Rights in Myanmar: Report


Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng. UN Photo/Manuel Elias
Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

The scale of violence against the Rohingya community in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is documented in a recent United Nations human rights report.

According to a UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, it is a level of dehumanization and cruelty that is “revolting and unacceptable.”

In a statement, Special Adviser Adama Dieng said Monday that the flash report issued last week by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) gave further credibility to allegations that security forces were committing serious human rights violations against civilians in northern Rakhine state.

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According to the findings contained in the OHCHR report, human rights violations committed by the security forces include mass gang-rape, extra-judicial killings – including of babies and young children, brutal beatings and disappearances.

“If people are being persecuted based on their identity and killed, tortured, raped and forcibly transferred in a widespread or systematic manner, this could amount to crimes against humanity, and in fact be the precursor of other egregious international crimes,” said Mr. Dieng.

“This must stop right now!” he declared.

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