Possible elements of genocide in Myanmar

Possible elements of genocide in Myanmar

Such a designation is rare under global law, but has been used in contexts including Bosnia, Sudan and an Islamic State campaign against the Yazidi communities in Iraq and Syria.

"Given all of this, can anyone rule out that elements of genocide may be present?"

A Foreign Ministry official said that in earlier visits this year, Turkish first lady Emine Erdoğan and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu had toured the makeshift Rohingya camps.

Zeid al-Hussein had previously described the campaign by Myanmar's military as "textbook" ethnic cleansing.

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The refugees have fled a military operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes, and torched Rohingya villages. Bangladesh now hosts about one million Rohingya. At the same time, Myanmar's civilian government must provide unfettered access for all humanitarian aid groups and take concrete steps towards dismantling the apartheid system that has been imposed on the Rohingya and other Muslims for decades.

Marzuki Darusman, head of an independent global fact-finding mission on Myanmar, said by video from Malaysia: "We will go where the evidence leads us".

While conditions for the Rohingya are awful, IOM spokesman Joel Millman says this huge refugee influx into Cox's Bazar is having a severe impact on the impoverished host communities in the region.

One was gang-raped by soldiers after they decapitated her son in front of her. Its envoy Htin, referring to the accounts, said: "People will say what they wanted to believe and sometimes they will say what they were told to say".

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