The Straits Times says

Heed calls to tackle Rohingya's woes

It is the contention of a United Nations fact-finding mission that the crackdown by Myanmar's military in northern Rakhine state last August betrayed "genocidal intent", and that because there is a singular lack of accountability within Myanmar for the military's action, it is the international community's responsibility to ensure justice is delivered. Myanmar's brief initial response - a blanket rejection of the findings while maintaining that the crackdown was in response to violent attacks by a Rohingya Muslim militant group - offers little reassurance that it is seized of the grave implications still unfolding from one of the world's worst refugee crises. Blocked from visiting Rakhine by the military, the UN investigators drew conclusions from satellite footage and interviews with some of the 700,000 Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh.

Their report states unequivocally that Myanmar's commander-in-chief and five other generals should be referred to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. It is the strongest condemnation yet from the international community and comes days after a similar call from more than 130 Asean MPs, including two from Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 31, 2018, with the headline 'Heed calls to tackle Rohingya's woes'. Print Edition | Subscribe