"No stone should be left unturned" in Myanmar violence probe: UN expert

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Yanghee Lee. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Calling for a "prompt, thorough, independent and impartial" investigation into the recent killings and other violations in Myanmar, a UN expert urged that "no stone be left unturned."

Members of the minority Rohingya community in Myanmar have reported mass gang rapes, killings, beatings and other violations they have suffered at the hands of the security forces.

They fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State in October following stepped up military operations in response to attacks on police outposts near the border.

Jocelyne Sambira has the story.

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar has called for a UN Commission of Inquiry into events in Rakhine State, where allegations of serious human rights involving national armed forces have surfaced "increasingly and persistently." 

In Yanghee Lee's address to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, she shared reports of indiscriminate shootings, people getting their throats slit, and houses being torched with whole families thrown inside. 

She also cited gang rapes and other forms of sexual and gender based violence. 

The alleged victims as well as the people of Myanmar deserve to know the truth, she underscored. 

"Prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigations are not only needed in Rakhine but also in conflict affected areas such as Kachine and Shan which are often overlooked and where serious violations of a similar type to those of Rakhine have been reported for many years. Yet many of these violations have gone un-investigated with the situation in the areas worsening and still receiving less attention." 

Meanwhile, Myanmar's Permanent Representative to the UN office in Geneva, Htin Lynn said the President had already appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate the alleged violations that are being committed in Rakhine State. 

The Myanmar inquiry will involve travelling to Bangladesh to meet with the victims of alleged abuses who fled across the border, he added. 

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations. 

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