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"Have you no shame? Burma is being whipped for violent acts against Rohingya
GENF - When a high-ranking Myanmar foreigner said to an assembly of the United NationsHRC on Wednesday that his nation was "committed to defending fundamental rights", he withdrew an indignant refutation from the United Nations High Representative for the Protection of Fundamental Freedoms. This assertion "almost makes an absurdity of its own," said Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations High Commission for the Protection of Fundamental Freedoms, without the customary politeness of diplomacy.
Mr al-Hussein said in December that he was not seeking a second four-year mandate as Head of the UN's Head of Humankind. It was his last visit to the Ecofin European Parliament before the end of his mandate at the end of August. They were trapped in crowded refugee centres since they fled to neighbouring Bangladesh last year to avoid a fierce drive of massive murder, rape and village cremation by Myanmar's military personnel.
Mr al-Hussein has denounced the action against the Rohingya, a Moslem ethnic minorities in Myanmar's Buddhist population, as a classic example of ethnical purges and possibly even gender murder. He on Wednesday gave a devastating account of Myanmar's efforts to euphemise these incidents and questioned the government's allegations that it was ready to take the fugitives back.
High-ranking foreign official U Kyaw Moe Tun said to the fellowship that Mr al-Hussein's testimony was deceptive and based on unconfirmed facts, and he relied on the government's share defence that the police were merely reacting to Rohingya fighters' aggression. Mr al-Hussein "conveniently neglected to refer to a 99 Hindus massacre" by Rohingya "terrorists", said Mr Kyaw Moe Tun.
The Myanmar authorities strongly denounced all of them. Mr al-Hussein presented a completely different story. Over 11,400 Rohingyas escaped from Rakhine state in Myanmar this year, and all those questioned by his associates had said that there had been ongoing abuse and mistreatment. Myanmar signed an arrangement with Bangladesh in January to repatriate the Rohingya people.
It concluded an accord with the United Nations in May, which it presented as a first stage in its readmission. However, not a Rohingya Muslim has been able to come back as part of an formal programme of returns, and the United Nations organisations, which are still being refused free entry to the Rakhine state, say that there is no immediate chance of such a programme.
Following a reprieve from the President, the members of the group were sent to a "reception centre" under terms that Mr al-Hussein compared to being detained on administration. Myanmar's honesty about the return would not be reflected in the number of treaties that have been concluded, as Mr al-Hussein said, but only in the fact that the Rohingya would be granted nationality, among them 120,000 village people who were expelled by force in 2012 and have since been detained in refugee camps. 2.
It also gave a clear evaluation of the chances of a sensible enquiry by an impartial fact-finding committee, which the authorities foreshadowed in May when they said they would investigate accusations of injury by the police. However, the authorities have denied general abuse and held Rohingya fighters responsible for inciting any kind of terror.
Mister al-Hussein said the only exemption was a Reuters report of a rural carnage that led to 10-year imprisonment for seven warriors. The two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who examined these incidents stay in detention for breaching Myanmar's trade secret. Instead, he called on the Board to form an autonomous global force to use the evidences collected by a United Nations investigation force to examine the legal responsibility of those participating in the UN Force Action Group: heading: