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  • The UN report — Myanmar continues to harbor the idea of the Rohingya massacre: Myanmar’s government calls the allegations a matter of ‘National Interest’

    Published on November 25, 2019

    By Bhupen Goswami

    Guwahati : UN investigators said on Monday that some six million Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are facing ‘grave danger of genocide’. Investigators warned that the withdrawal of the country of millions of minorities already out of the country by the army seems impossible. The UN’s Fact Finding Mission said in a report, “Myanmar is constantly sheltering the idea of genocide and the Rohingyas are facing the threat of genocide.” The report is to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council.The mission, set up by the Human Rights Council, termed the 2017 military campaign in Myanmar as ‘genocide’ last year, and called for prosecution of top generals, including army chief Min Ong Laying. Due to the repressive action of the army, about 740,000 Rohingya Muslims had to flee and take refuge in Bangladesh. The UN team said in a report that six million Rohingyas are still deteriorating and living in ‘critical’ conditions in Rakhine province of Myanmar.Meanwhile, After Gambia filed a case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning the alleged violation of the provisions of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the country has said that it is a matter of “high national interest”.U Kyaw Tint Swe, Minister of the Office of the State Counsellor, and U Kyaw Tin, Minister of International Cooperation, made the remarks during a briefing in Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw on today.Xinhua reports that Myanmar has retained the services of top most legal experts to contest the case, submitted by Gambia, and a strong legal team has been formed. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will act as an agent, who will represent Myanmar in all aspect of the case before the ICJ and U Kyaw Tint Swe is appointed as alternate agent, the two ministers told the briefing. The government has announced on Thursday that Aung San Suu Kyi will lead the Myanmar legal team to Hague, Netherlands to defend the country”s national interest at the ICJ, concerning the Rakhine issue.  Gambia, on behalf of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has submitted an application to the ICJ against Myanmar with regard to the displaced persons from Rakhine state. It may be mentioned here that the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which Myanmar declared as an extremist terrorist group, launched repeated attacks on police outposts in Rakhine state on August 25, 2017, displacing a vast number of residents to areas bordering Bangladesh.