External Affairs

‘Consistent’ Pattern of Crimes Against Myanmar’s Rohingya, Say UN Experts

Rohingya refugees who crossed the border from Myanmar this week cry as they take shelter at the Seagull Primary School in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, October 27, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Rohingya refugees who crossed the border from Myanmar this week cry as they take shelter at the Seagull Primary School in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, October 27, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Geneva: Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar have testified about a “consistent, methodical pattern” of killings, torture, rape and arson, UN human rights investigators said on Friday after a first mission to Bangladesh.

The team, led by former Indonesian attorney-general Marzuki Darusman, said that the death toll from the Myanmar army’s crackdown following Rohingya insurgent attacks on August 25 was unknown, but “may turn out to be extremely high”.

“We have heard many accounts from people from many different villages across northern Rakhine state. They point to a consistent, methodical pattern of actions resulting in gross human rights violations affecting hundreds of thousands of people,” Darusman said in a statement.

(Reuters)