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Rohingya refugees react to UN pressing genocide charges against Myanmar’s top generals

Aug 27, 2018 21:24 IST
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On Monday investigators of UN’s top human rights body accused Myanmar military leaders of genocide. But, 25-year-old, Rohingya refugee, Mohammad Tayoub doesn’t believe that Myanmar military leaders will be punished. Tayoub fled to Bangladesh after the violence began last year.

He says, “I don’t believe (they will be punished). Until the day the UN and the ICC (International Criminal Court) will present Min Aung Hlaing (Myanmar Military’s Commander in Chief) in court and punish him, we are not going to believe any statement. Many years have passed since we have been hearing in the news that this will happen, that will happen, but nothing has happened at all. They have not taken him to the ICC yet, so we haven’t seen any justice yet.”

The three-member “fact-finding mission” worked under a mandate by the Human Rights Council. Hundreds of accounts of Rohingya refugees, satellite footage was assembled to be able to present the report. The case will be sent to the International Criminal Court in the Hague or will be presented for an ad hoc tribunal to be created to investigate the actions of the alleged perpetrators.