US law firm says Rohingya faced ‘genocide’

Washington, – After a months-long investigation into the Myanmar government’s persecution against the Rohingya, a US-based humanitarian rights law group has found that there is a reasonable basis to conclude that Rohingya are victims of genocide.

The Washington-based Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) said it will hold a press conference on Monday for the release of the Factual Findings and Legal Analysis Report based on the investigation on Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

It said that the would-be-published report states there is a reasonable basis to conclude that war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide were committed against the Rohingya population.

The Rohingya, described by the UN as the world’s most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

According to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly children and women, fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community.

The US State Department had tasked PILPG to undertake a comprehensive human rights documentation investigation mission in the Rohingya refugee camps and settlement areas in southeastern Bangladesh in March and April this year.

In September, the rights law firm had released an initial qualitative report to outline the factual findings and initial conclusions from PILPG’s investigation mission.

The second report, which presents the critical factual findings and subsequent legal analysis of the interviews, including the patterns of violations committed against the Rohingya and recommendations for future justice and accountability efforts, is due to be released on Monday.

Source: International Islamic News Agency