Myanmar an issue of grave concern: Saudi Arabia

UN investigator calls for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide


Saudi Gazette report

— Saudi Arabia is following with great concern the suffering of Rohingya people and other minorities in Myanmar which is one of the most important issues of grave concern.

The level of brutality used by Myanmar’s military against the Rohingya minority is “hard to fathom”, a UN investigator said Tuesday, presenting a damning report calling for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide.

Addressing the Human Rights Council during the interactive dialogue with the International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar on Tuesday, Saudi representative to the United Nations Ambassador Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Wasil expressed the Kingdom’s concern over the report of the International Mission on grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian laws by the armed forces against the innocent Rohingya people in Rakhine state and other minorities in Shan state and other areas of northern Myanmar.

He said the report of the International Mission found that the armed forces of Myanmar had burned entire villages.

It recorded numerous cases of indiscriminate killings, mass rapes of women, child abuse and cases of enforced disappearance and other forms of violence, persecution and enslavement, which the report described as genocide.

Wasil said the Kingdom has recently sought to provide aid worth $50 million for Rohingya people by supporting rehabilitation programs related to education and health.

He said there are about a quarter of a million Rohingya people in the Kingdom being provided with aid and support.

The UN report said an estimated 10,000 people were killed in the crackdown and that was likely a conservative figure.

Marzuki Darusman, who heads a fact-finding mission into violations in Myanmar, gave the UN Human Rights Council the details of massacres in Rohingya villages, describing how people unable to escape “were rounded up and separated by sex.”