Asia Briefs: UN to probe crimes against Rohingya

UN to probe crimes against Rohingya

GENEVA • The top United Nations human rights body has agreed to send an international fact-finding mission to investigate widespread allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

But Myanmar ambassador Htin Lynn, speaking before the decision was taken by consensus yesterday, rejected the move as "not acceptable".

Myanmar's national commission had just interviewed alleged victims who fled to Bangladesh and would issue its findings by August, he said.


Trump to nominate Hagerty as Japan envoy

WASHINGTON • United States President Donald Trump intends to nominate businessman William Hagerty as the next US ambassador to Japan, the White House said on Thursday.

Mr Hagerty is a Tennessee native who founded a private equity firm, Hagerty Peterson. He spent several years in Japan with the Boston Consulting Group management consultancy and later served in the White House of former president George H.W. Bush.


UN broadens inquiry into N. Korea violations GENEVA • The top United Nations human rights body has agreed to widen its investigation into widespread violations in North Korea, with a view to documenting alleged crimes against humanity for future prosecution.

Pyongyang said it "categorically and totally rejects" the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council, while China said it "dissociated" itself from the council's decision yesterday and called for dialogue.


Taiwanese NGO worker 'missing in China'

TAIPEI • A Taiwanese non-governmental organisation worker who promoted democracy in China has gone missing after entering China earlier this month, the authorities said.

Taiwan said yesterday that the Chinese authorities had not responded to their inquiries on Mr Lee Ming-cheh's whereabouts, as his wife pleaded for help to locate him.

Ties between China and Taiwan have worsened since President Tsai Ing-wen took office last May, and Beijing has cut off all official communication with Taipei.


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