UN report speaks of devastating cruelty against Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar
An eight-month-old, a five-year-old and a six-year-old were all reportedly stabbed to death in their own homes during this ethnic cleansing, according to a series of accounts in a disturbing UN report.
Myanmar's security forces have slaughtered babies and children, committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims and burned down villages since October in a campaign named "area clearance operations" in Rohingya-dominated area in north-west Rakhine state.
An eight-month-old, a five-year-old and a six-year-old were all reportedly stabbed to death in their own homes during this ethnic cleansing, according to a series of accounts in a disturbing UN report titled "Interviews with Rohingyas fleeing from Myanmar since 9 October 2016".
"The 'area clearance operations' have likely resulted in hundreds of deaths," the report from the UN's human rights office said.
Zeid Raad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said that Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi promised on Friday to investigate the allegations, Aljazeera reported.
"She informed me that an investigation will be launched. She said that they would require further information," Aljazeera quoted Zeid as saying.
The report was based on interviews with 204 Rohingya refugees who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. The report recounted dreadful violations which carried out by members of Myanmar's security services or civilian fighters working alongside the army and the police.
UN team interviewed 101 women, more than half said they had been raped or sexually assaulted. Several women said to UN investigators how their young children, including a newborn, were trampled or cut to death.
"Every day Rohingya are facing abuses and extrajudicial killings are going on," Aljazeera quoted Tun Khin, an activist who heads the UK-based Burmese Rohingya Organisation, as saying.
"The [UN Security Council] has to come up with a strong binding resolution to take action against the Myanmar government," Khin added.
"An eight-month-old baby was reportedly killed while his mother was gang-raped by five security officer," says the report. It also had reports of three children aged six or younger being "slaughtered with knives."
"What kind of hatred could make a man stab a baby crying out for his mother's milk," UN rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein said in the statement. "What kind of 'clearance operation' is this? What national security goals could possibly be served by this?"
The UN report was issued in Geneva after the investigators gathered testimony last month from Rohingya victims and witnesses who fled the "lockdown area" in Maungdaw in Rakhine for Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.
Read the UN report: Interviews with Rohingyas fleeing from Myanmar since 9 October 2016