The United Nations has used the term ‘genocidal intent’ to describe the atrocities against the Rohingya community that were led by the commander-in-chief of Myanmar and five other generals.
The atrocities carried under the ‘genocidal intent’ included the mass killings over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims – including a large number of elderly people and young children – and large-scale gang rapes of Rohingya women. The investigators of the United Nations’ have called for the prosecution of all these Myanmar generals involved in these mass killings and other atrocities.
The investigators also stated that the civilian government under Aung San Suu Kyi also let hate speech and other intolerant discourses against the Rohingya community thrive under government.
The UN report said the military action, which included the scorching of villages, was “grossly disproportionate to actual security threats.”
“The crimes in Rakhine State, and the manner in which they were perpetrated, are similar in nature, gravity and scope to those that have allowed genocidal intent to be established in other contexts,” said the U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar.
The civilian government under Aang San Suu Kyi also destroyed documents and failed to protect minorities from crimes against war crimes by the army in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states. “They contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes”, the report said.
The final 20-page report also wrote: “There is sufficient information to warrant the investigation and prosecution of senior officials in the Tatmadaw (army) chain of command, so that a competent court can determine their liability for genocide in relation to the situation in Rakhine state.”
An advance copy of the UN report in line was sent to the Myanmar government, but they have not commented yet.