United Nations to act on genocide against Rohingya muslims

China appreciates Bangladesh's role in solving Rohingya issue with Myanmar

China appreciates Bangladesh's role in solving Rohingya issue with Myanmar

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

According to Reuters, Myanmar denies committing atrocities against the Rohingya.

The crisis has left untold numbers of Rohingya killed and injured, and forced more than 626,000 to flee into neighboring Bangladesh.

The measure broke little new ground but did instruct the United Nations human rights office to assess the level of cooperation of Myanmar's government with United Nations rights monitors and other experts.

Myanmar's ambassador, Htin Lynn, said his government was working with Bangladesh to ensure returns of the displaced in about two months and "there will be no camps".

"But the concerns are extremely serious, and clearly call for access to be immediately granted for further verification", he added, decrying how Myanmar's government has rebuffed United Nations monitors.

Zeid, who has described the campaign in the past as a "textbook case of ethnic cleansing", was addressing a special session of the UN Human Rights Council called by Bangladesh. Zeid asked. "Ultimately, this is a legal determination only a competent court can make".

"But the concerns are extremely serious, and clearly call for access to be immediately granted for further verification".

Zeid urged the 47-member council to recommend to the UN General Assembly to authorise a new mechanism to probe individual criminal responsibility.

The UN first defined it in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in 1948.

However, while ethnic cleansing is not a designated offence under global law, genocide is the most serious of atrocity crimes. Earlier, the state Department threatened to impose sanctions against Myanmar for violations of the rights of the Muslim Rohingya.

Myanmar's government rejects the term Rohingya, labelling the community "Bengalis".

Bangladesh also denies they are its citizens.

Bangladeshi authorities have approved a plan to resettle about 100 thousand of Rohingya refugees on a desert flood-prone island Tanger Spell in the Bay of Bengal.

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