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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (MARCH 13, 2017) (REUTERS) UNITED NATIONS BUILDING U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SESSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN MYANMAR ONGOING U.N SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON MYANMAR YANGHEE LEE LISTENING U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL VICE-PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY LISTENING LEE AND COLLEAGUES LISTENING SECURITY STAFF LOOKING ON (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON MYANMAR YANGHEE LEE SAYING: "I heard allegation after allegation of horrific events like these: slitting of throats; indiscriminate shootings; setting alight houses, with people tied up inside; and throwing very young children into the fire; as well as gang rapes and other sexual violence. Even men, young and old, broke down and cried in front of me, telling me about what they went through, and their losses." SESSION ONGOING (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON MYANMAR YANGHEE LEE SAYING: "Putting these experiences together with the instutionalised discrimination and long-standing persecution of the Rohingya population which I have reported on previously, as well as the continuing action by the authorities to make their lives even more difficult, even as the clearance operations are taking place, which include, by dismantling their homes and conducting a household survey, where those absent may be struck off the list that could be the only proof of their status in Myanmar, indicates the government maybe trying to expel the Rohingya population from the country altogether." SESSION ONGOING VARIOUS OF MYANMAR AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N IN GENEVA HTIN LYNN LISTENING DURING SESSION (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON MYANMAR YANGHEE LEE SAYING: "In Myanmar's pursuit of a fully democratic society, no stones must be left unturned. The alleged victims as well as other people in Myanmar deserve to know the truth. The International community must come together in expressing a strong, and single voice in this regard, regardless of varying interests of individual member states. This is why I call for a commission of inquiry to investigate the systematic, structural and institutional discrimination in policy, law and practice as well, long-standing persecution against the Rohingya and other minorities in the Rakhine state." VARIOUS OF U.N. STAFF AND JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) MYANMAR AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N IN GENEVA HTIN LYNN SAYING: "Firstly, Myanmar does not accept the idea of a commission of inquiry, as we are seriously addressing the allegations nationally. We dismiss the term "crime against humanity" as it is envisaged based on unverified, intentional, and one-sided allegations. It should be used with great prudence and wisdom and can only be founded on legal and judicial determinations. However, our objection of a commission of inquiry does not mean that we condone impunity." VARIOUS OF REPRESENTATIVES OF NGOS LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (English) MYANMAR AMBASSADOR TO THE U.N IN GENEVA HTIN LYNN SAYING: "Mr. President, the situation in Rakhine state is very complicated in nature, and that requires complicated answers. It also requires greater understanding by the international community." UNITED NATIONS BUILDING
Dateline: 2017

U.n. Expert Fears Myanmar Trying To Depopulate Rohingya Areas

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By: Reuters

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