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After months of research and vehement denial by the Myanmar government and military, Amnesty International has released a scathing report of its view of injustice done to the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine State. Research began nine months ago.

In the reports are the names of 13 individuals it claims had key roles in the murder, rape and deportation of the Rohingya. One of those named is Myanmar’s military Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. The report also states that “Myanmar’s security forces committed nine distinct types of crimes against humanity; responsibility goes to the top of the chain of command.”

Amnesty International is calling for UN Security Council referral to the ICC (International Criminal Court) as well as specific accountability.

According to the senior crisis adviser at Amnesty International, Matthew Wells, “The explosion of violence – including murder, rape, torture, burning and forced starvation – perpetrated by Myanmar’s security forces in villages across northern Rakhine State was not the action of rogue soldiers or units. There is a mountain of evidence that this was part of a highly orchestrated, systematic attack on the Rohingya population.”

For the full report, click here.

Lamar Green

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