Myanmar Likely Committed Crimes against Humanity against Rohingya

India abstains from voting on UN resolution condemning violence against Rohingya in Myanmar

She warned that rampant sexual attacks on Rohingya appeared to be "used as a tool of dehumanization and collective punishment", citing witness accounts of women and girls tied to rocks or trees "before multiple soldiers literally raped them to death".

More than 6,20,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since the Myanmar security forces launched an operation in the Rakhine state in response to the alleged attacks by militants on August 25 against 30 police posts and a regimental headquarters.

"Considering the decades of statelessness as well as systematic and systemic discrimination against the Rohingya".

Supreme Court (SC) today is going to begin once more the hearing of plea of two "hingya refugees" aligned with the Centre's verdict to expel Rohingya Muslim reverse to Myanmar.The apex court on last months delayed the matter after approving to the demand of senior advocate Fali S Nariman, who appear for the two refugees - Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir.

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on November 23 for Rohingya living in camps to voluntarily return to northern Rakhine - a process that Myanmar has said will get under way within two months.

The resolution said the 47-member body is "alarmed" by statements and reports of grave violations against the Rohingya that have been carried out in a "systematic, targeted and deliberate" way by security forces with the help of unspecified "non-state actors".

He told a special session of the Human Rights Council on the Rohingya on Tuesday: "My government is doing everything possible to deter these extremist acts".

Htin Lynn, Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, responding at the forum on Tuesday to the grim recital of atrocities, said: "People will say what they want to believe".

Htin Lynn said the returnees would be housed in temporary places - but not camps - until arrangements are made to relocate them to their places of origin.

"The council must now step up and pass a strong resolution that sends a clear message to Myanmar's government and military that their abhorrent treatment of the Rohingya must end immediately, and that perpetrators will not enjoy impunity", said James Gomez, Amnesty's regional director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Marzuki Darusman, who heads the independent fact-finding mission, told the Human Rights Council by videoconference that his team has "not yet come to any conclusion on these issues". "The Myanmar authorities continue to downplay the seriousness of the reports, while refusing to cooperate with the fact-finding mission created by this Council".

The Council voted 33-3 with nine abstentions on a resolution aiming to re-center the world's attention on the crisis that has left an untold number of people killed and injured and driven an estimated 626,000 Rohingya to flee into neighboring Bangladesh since August.

Kelley Currie, US ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council, said the Rohingya's lack of Myanmar citizenship was "the fundamental root cause of this crisis", adding: "Stop denying the seriousness of the current situation". A draft resolution urges Zeid's office to report on cooperation between Myanmar's government with United Nations rights monitors.

Slamming the government's inaction, Zeid warned that "by continuing to dehumanise the Rohingya, the state authorities will fuel even wider levels of violence in the future, drawing in communities from across the region".

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