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UN Rights Chief: Send Alleged Crimes Against Rohingya to ICC

The highest-ranking United Nations human rights official has called for alleged crimes committed against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority population to be assigned to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein referred allegations of atrocities to the ICC at a Friday news conference in Geneva. "There are strong suspicions, yes, that acts of genocide may have well taken place, but only a court, having heard all the arguments, will confirm this," said Zeid, who previously described the Myanmar government's actions against the Rohingya as a "textbook case of ethnic cleansing." Myanmar has prohibited U.N. investigators from entering the country to investigate. On Monday, a U.N. fact-finding mission is scheduled to report its initial findings that are based on interviews with victims and other survivors in Bangladesh and other countries. A senior U.N. human rights official urged the international community Thursday to maintain pressure...

 

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