- UN Fact-Finding Mission unveils the genocidal intentions of Myanmar’s military against Rohingya.
- Myanmar soldiers routinely and systematically employed rape, gang-rape including other violent and forced sexual acts against women, girls, boys, men and transgenders in Rohingya.
- Transgender Rohingya women are victimized twice because they are Rohingians and also because they’re transgender; expert Christopher Sidoti.
UN Fact-Finding Mission unveiled the genocidal intentions of Myanmar’s military against Rohingya – the stateless ethnic group that resides in Myanmar and often said to be the world’s most persecuted minority.
Extreme physical violence, the openness in which it is conducted reflects a widespread culture of tolerance towards humiliation and the deliberate infliction of severe physical and mental pain on civilians, the UN report read.
The UN Mission found out that Myanmar soldiers routinely and systematically employed rape, gang-rape including other violent and forced sexual acts against women, girls, boys, men and transgenders in violation of international human rights. The Mission also conducted interviews with the hundreds of survivors and witnesses of sexual violence in Kachin and Shan states as well as in the Rakhine state.
Most assaults that were reported were committed against the women and girls who were beaten, burned with cigarettes, slashed with knives, raped and held as sexual slaves at military bases. The report also documented the cases of forced nudity and sexual abuse of men and boys.
“For the first time in such a UN report, we are clearly highlighting violence against transgender people,” UN quoted Christopher Sidoti as saying. We spoke to transgender Rohingya women and found they are victimized twice because they are Rohingians and also because they’re transgender, he added. The Fact-Finding Mission will present its final report to the UN Human Rights Council by September this year.
The penal of independent investigators also accused Myanmar’s Government of failing to hold anyone accountable and said that the government was responsible under the Genocide Convention for its failure to probe and punish the acts of genocide.
Hundreds of Rohingya women and girls were raped, with 80 percent of the rapes corroborated by the Fact-Finding Mission being gang rapes. Myanmar’s military was responsible for 82 percent of these gang-rapes, the report further added.
However, Myanmar’s military spokesperson Major- General Tun Tun Nyi at news-conference called these accusations as groundless and based on concocted stories, Reuters reported. “I cannot read out what they mentioned in their report because it is not suitable to say in front of women in polite society, he further said.
The military might have carried discrimination against Rohingya for decades and not only denying them citizenship but worsening their lives by inflicting physical, mental and social harm to them. Following the withdrawal of British rule, the military took over the country and Rohingyans were devoid of their rights and identity.
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