A New Report Exposes Myanmar's 'Extensive and Systematic Preparations' for Rohingya Atrocities

Rohingya refugees want to return to Myanmar as citizens

A New Report Exposes Myanmar's 'Extensive and Systematic Preparations' for Rohingya Atrocities

"Myanmar authorities made extensive and systematic preparations for the commission of mass atrocity crimes against indigenous Rohingya civilians during the weeks and months before Rohingya-militant attacks on August 25, 2017", the report stated. The Nation's Wasamon Audjarint and Sandy Leegumjorn compile this report about the document and its implications for Myanmar's military.

The latest chapter in the Rohingya crisis took place in August previous year, when its resistance fighters launched a series of attacks on Myanmar security outposts.

The Fortify Rights report finds "reasonable grounds" that crimes against the Rohingya constitute genocide and crimes against humanity, and identifies 22 Myanmar army and police officials who it says should be criminally investigated for their roles in atrocities.

BANGKOK-The Myanmar military has systematically prepared for attacks on Rohingya Muslims, confiscating knives and other sharp-edged tools, arming and training non-Muslim civilians and forcing Rohingya families to remove protective fencing from around their homes, the independent group Fortify Rights said Thursday.

The Myanmar government said in May that it would form a three-person independent inquiry commission, including an worldwide expert, to investigate human rights violations that occurred during the crackdown that began in Rakhine state in August 2017.

Fortify Rights said the finding were based on 254 interviews of eyewitnesses and survivors, Bangladesh and Myanmar military and police officials, members of the radical Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), analysts, doctors and aid workers.

"This is how genocide unfolds".

Kennedy said: "The only question before us now is, will we allow the latest round of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people to go unpunished once again, or will we finally stand together against genocide in Myanmar?"

The Myanmar government has said repeatedly that the ICC can not prosecute it because the country is not a member of the court.

The report says top military and police officials should be held responsible. "Yes, there are human rights violations, and the government will take action against those who committed human rights violations".

"I didn't know the meaning of the term "genocide" at first".

The government has denied visas to a United Nations delegation tasked with investigating alleged abuses and barred Professor Yanghee Lee, the UN's rights envoy to Myanmar, from entering the country, claiming that she has made "biased, one-sided and unfair accusations". Among them are the commander-in-chief, and the joint chief of staff of Myanmar's military.

The group has been subjected to a series of military crackdowns over the past six years, the worst and most recent of which began last August.

The report also condemned Rohingya militants for the alleged killing of Rohingya civilians they claimed were government informants.

Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a nonprofit advocacy group, just wrapped up a trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh, where she met with military and government officials, along with victims of the violence.

The remains of a burned Rohingya village is seen in this aerial photograph near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine State, Myanmar September 27, 2017. "What we don't want is sanctions that hurt the Myanmar population as a whole, which would harm the most vulnerable people".

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