In­dian rights lawyer to lead UN probe into Ro­hingya crack­down

New Straits Times - - World -

The United Na­tions yes­ter­day ap­pointed an In­dian hu­man rights lawyer and two other ex­perts to a fact-find­ing mis­sion in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­leged killings, rape and tor­ture by se­cu­rity forces against Ro­hingya Mus­lims in Myan­mar’s Rakhine state.

The mis­sion will be led by Indira Jais­ing, an ad­vo­cate of the Supreme Court of In­dia, a UN state­ment said. The other two mem­bers are Har­vard-trained Sri Lankan lawyer Rad­hika Coomaraswamy and Aus­tralian con­sul­tant Christo­pher Do­minic.

Some 75,000 Ro­hingya fled north­west­ern Rakhine state to Bangladesh af­ter the Myan­mar army car­ried out a se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion in Oc­to­ber in re­sponse to at­tacks by Ro­hingya in­sur­gents on bor­der posts in which nine police of­fi­cers were killed.

A UN re­port from Fe­bru­ary, based on in­ter­views with some of the Ro­hingya refugees, said Myan­mar’s se­cu­rity forces have com­mit­ted mass killings and gang rapes of Ro­hingya in a cam­paign that “very likely” amounts to crimes against hu­man­ity and pos­si­bly eth­nic cleans­ing.

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