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‘Atrocity crimes’ feared as Myanmar sending troops, weapons to north: UN

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The undated photo shows a military parade in Myanmar. (By Reuters)

The United Nations (UN) warns of more “atrocity crimes” in Myanmar amid reports of the military massing thousands of troops and heavy weapons in the north of the country in a move reminiscent of the “genocidal attacks against the Rohingya Muslims” five years ago.

The UN special rapporteur on Myanmar, Tom Andrews, told the UN General Assembly on Friday he had received information that tens of thousands of troops were being moved into restive regions in the north and northwest.

“These tactics are ominously reminiscent of those employed by the military before its genocidal attacks against the Rohingya in Rakhine State in 2016 and 2017,” Andrews said. “We should all be prepared, as the people in this part of Myanmar are prepared, for even more mass atrocity crimes. I desperately hope that I am wrong.”

Andrews urged the international community to deny Myanmar’s military the money, weapons and legitimacy.

Myanmar has been gripped by turmoil since the military ousted the government of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and detained her along several other political leaders in a coup early this year. Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have held numerous protests against the coup leaders in the country, demanding the release of Suu Kyi and other detainees. Almost 850 people have been killed and thousands of others arrested by the junta.

Myanmar’s military forces are held accountable for the ‘Rohingya genocide’ in August 2017.

The Rohingya Muslims based in Myanmar’s Rakhine state have been subject to a state-sponsored campaign of killing, rape and arson attacks by the military in what the UN has described as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” The brutal campaign has forced some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee their homeland since August 2017 and seek refuge in Bangladesh.

The 2017 clampdown is the subject of a genocide investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Rohingya, who have lived in Myanmar for generations, are denied citizenship and are branded illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, which likewise denies them citizenship.

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