UN report urges prosecution of Myanmar top military generals for genocide
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UN report urges prosecution of Myanmar top military generals for genocide

The UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar urged [press release] in a report [report, PDF] released Monday the investigation and prosecution of Myanmar’s top military generals for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The Mission “found patterns of gross human rights violations and abuses committed in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States that ‘undoubtedly amount to the gravest crimes under international law’, principally by Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, but also by other security forces.”

The crimes against humanity “include murder; imprisonment; enforced disappearance; torture; rape; sexual slavery and other forms of sexual violence; persecution and enslavement.” The Mission noted that these crimes are similar to others that have allowed the establishment of genocidal intent.

The Mission urged that these crimes be investigated and prosecuted in the International Criminal Court. It also “called for an independent, impartial mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence of violations.”