China Fails To Scupper Resolution On Myanmar's Persecution Of Rohingya

Bangladesh’s image brighter worldwide over Rohingyas’ treatment

Hussein also said none of the more than 620,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar should be repatriated, unless there is what he calls "sustained human rights monitoring" on the ground.

The UN chief pointed out an array of abuses against the Rohingyas, including allegations of dehumanising discrimination and segregation, and the horrific violence and abuse, along with the forced displacement and systematic destruction of villages, homes, property and livelihoods.

Following a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, the nations overwhelmingly voted in favour of a resolution expressing grave concern over widespread abuses committed against the largely Muslim minority.

With his government in the spotlight, the ambassador said the priority should be on returning displaced people to Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Bangladesh, which along with Saudi Arabia had requested the special session, meanwhile voiced disappointment that Tuesday's resolution was not adopted by consensus, given the severity of the crisis.

He told a special session of the Human Rights Council on the Rohingya on Tuesday: "My government is doing everything possible to deter these extremist acts".

Pointing to the vast array of known abuses, "the burning of houses with families inside", he asked: "Can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present?"

The U.N. estimates over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August to escape a bloody crackdown by security forces in Myanmar. "There will be no camps", he said.

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Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Htin Lynn, did not address those accusations, but insisted to the council that the humanitarian situation at its border with Bangladesh was of "paramount concern", and that Yangon was "making every effort to resolve the issue".

Marzuki Darusman, head of the independent worldwide fact-finding mission, said by video from Malaysia: "We will go where the evidence leads us". He said the country was working with Bangladesh to begin repatriation of Rohingya refugees beginning in two months.

Rights groups welcomed the resolution and called for perpetrators of the violence to be held accountable for their actions. "The Myanmar authorities continue to downplay the seriousness of the reports, while refusing to cooperate with the fact-finding mission created by this Council".

The Human Rights Council voted 33-3 with nine abstentions on a resolution aiming to re-center the world's attention on the crisis that has left an untold number of people killed and injured and driven an estimated 626,000 Rohingya to flee into neighboring Bangladesh since August.

It also asked Zeid's office to track progress in the country and to provide regular updates to the council and submit a full report by March 2019.

"Those responsible for atrocities should be identified, sanctioned, and held to account", Matar said.

In November, the U.N. Security Council failed to pass a resolution condemning the violence in Myanmar's northern Rakhine and instead issued a statement after acquiescing to strong objections by China.

Slamming the government's inaction, Zeid warned that "by continuing to dehumanise the Rohingya, the state authorities will fuel even wider levels of violence in the future, drawing in communities from across the region".

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