Egypt condemns human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Egypt condemns human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Egypt condemns human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

At the special Human Rights Council session on the Rohingya crisis, United Nations rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said security forces have been involved in burning people in their homes, murdering children and adults, widespread rape of women and girls, and torching of schools and mosques.

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".

"Given all of this, can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present?"

The Myanmar envoy said that his government was working with Bangladesh to ensure returns of the displaced in about two months and "there will be no camps".

Since August, an estimated 626,000 refugees - or more than half the Rohingya population of Rakhine state - have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

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Instead, it issued a presidential statement calling on the Myanmar government to end the use of excessive military force and intercommunal violence that has devastated Rohingya communities during the military crackdowns.

Speaking before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the abuses against the Rohingyas, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned "widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal" attacks against the minority group, as well as decades of discrimination and persecution.

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".

Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia requested the council session and it won the support of 33 council members and more than 40 observer states.

Shahriar Alam, Bangladesh's junior foreign affairs minister, told the session in Geneva that his country was hosting almost one million "Myanmar nationals" following executions and rapes. The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar government has long withheld citizenship from the Muslim minority group.

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Earlier on November 23, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a deal on repatriation after both the countries came to a consensus following a meeting between Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

"The adoption of today's resolution demonstrates the broad global concern about the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people so brutally impacted by the ongoing crimes against humanity in Myanmar's Rakhine State".

During the session, the U.S.called on Myanmar to grant access to the fact-finding mission and unhindered humanitarian access to the region, adding that nothing could justify the campaign against the Rohingya in Rakhine, which it said was premeditated.

"The U.N. resolution makes clear that the worldwide community retains a watchful eye over the plight of the Rohingya and demands action", said Laila Matar, senior U.N. advocate at Human Rights Watch, in a printed statement. Zeid asked the 47-member council.

But Myanmar has refused to cooperate and has blocked access to the team of investigators, who have begun their work outside the country.

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In March, the Council created a three-person independent fact-finding mission to investigate alleged human rights violations by the Myanmar military and security forces in the northern part of Rakhine.

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