Possible elements of genocide in Myanmar

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He spoke after the United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, rhetorically suggested that "genocide" being committed against the Roghinya couldn't be ruled out.

Zeid said some about 626,000 Rohingya have fled since August, and many more are continuing to pour into Bangladesh.

He listed alleged abuses against the Rohingya, including "killing by random firing of bullets, use of grenades, shooting at close range, stabbings, beatings to death and the burning of houses with families inside".

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Myanmar's ambassador, Htin Lynn, said his government was working with Bangladesh to ensure returns of the displaced in about two months and "there will be no camps".

Addressing the Human Rights Council on Tuesday, Zeid said United Nations investigators have received "concordant reports of acts of appalling barbarity committed against the Rohingya" during a military crackdown in Rakhine state in August.

Noting the progress made bilaterally between Bangladesh and Myanmar for repatriation of Rohingya refugees, Farukh Amil observed that this ongoing violence had forced hundreds of thousands of innocent Rohingya women, men and children to flee into neighbouring states for refuge.

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Zeid al-Hussein had previously described the campaign by Myanmar's military as "textbook" ethnic cleansing.

Zeid urged the 47-member council to recommend to the UN General Assembly to authorise a new mechanism to probe individual criminal responsibility.

However, while ethnic cleansing is not a designated offence under worldwide law, genocide is the most serious of atrocity crimes.

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According to Reuters, Shahriar Alam, Bangladesh's junior foreign affairs minister, told the session in Geneva that his country was hosting almost one million "Myanmar nationals" following summary executions and rapes "as a weapon of persecution". "Deep divisions between communities remain unaddressed and human access is inadequate", she said.

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