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Myanmar's state of Rakhine's military action could lead to indecent acts of Genocide, says the United Nations' top civil servant on the issue. Over 140,000 Rohingya Muslims have escaped to Bangladesh since 25 August and have made accusations of massive murders and the Myanmar peacekeeping forces' sabbath. Cruelty was triggered when Rohingya rebels launched co-ordinated assaults on policemen and killed 12 policemen.
Retaliations by troops, paramilitaries and Buddhist militia have, according to the Armed Forces, murdered at least 370 persons almost a fortnight ago. However, there are reliable accounts of 130 massacres in a sole town, among them involving wives and orphans. "Killing and transferring them by force or systematically could represent racial purge and lead to human crimes," said Adama Dieng, the UN adviser on the suppression of gender murder.
"Indeed, it may be the forerunner of all these outrageous deeds... and I mean heinousness. "We' re not here yet, we can't say we're on the brink of holocaust, but it's the right moment to act. "While the concepts of "crimes against humanity" and "genocide" are enshrined in an intergovernmental treaty, they are not the same.
"I' d be reluctant to say at the present time that there is an act of mass murder (in Myanmar), although this is mainly for want of proof - it is still a reasonable conclusion," said David Simon, head of Yale University's study programme for generor. "We can say with some degree of security that there are racial cleansings and certainly crime against people.
" After the Rwandan massacre - during which the UN peacekeeping forces were pulled out at the peak of the slaughtering process - the UN evolved a document called the Responsibilities to Sentinel. It was the concept that souvereign states have a obligation to safeguard the lives of those within their frontiers, as well as those of those who visit and those who are not.
There are three echelons of participation: the state assuming full responsibilities for the security of its people, the global body supporting the state in this defence and, otherwise, interventions, involving the use of violence by the UN Security Council. Myanmar was the subject of a UN Security Council meeting last weekend, and there are demands for more.
"The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said: "I have formally addressed a letter to the Security Council Chairman expressing my concerns and proposing various measures to end the violent situation and tackle the causes of the crises. "Myanmar has argued for the use of force as a justifiable answer to a Bengali terrorist extreme terrorist attack - the concept the government wanted to use the Bengali government's grassroots press for the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.
For the Rohingya tribe, prosecution and occasional violent outbursts are nothing new. In spite of the long story of pursuit and the severity of the recent violent events, the head of the Yale University Genocide Study Centre said it was unlikely that the UN would deploy peacekeeping forces. "I believe the figures we have seen in Rwanda are missing," Mr Simon said.
"As long as the news comes from the Bangladeshi side of the frontier where refugees are encamped that several hundred or even thousand lives are being lost, it is not enough to move the needles to intervene, which is a frigid fact of how these things are made.