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WASHINGTON (New York Times) — A human rights law group contracted by the U.S. State Department to investigate atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar called on Monday for the urgent establishment of a criminal tribunal to bring those responsible to justice.
Public International Law & Policy Group says international community must investigate, bring perpetrators to justice.
Myanmar's violence against the Rohingya, a Muslim-majority ethnic group, constituted a genocide, according to two new reports released Monday -- a determination that the Trump administration still has not made, even after releasing an exhaustive fact-finding report in September that documented the atrocities in horrifying detail.
WASHINGTON (Wall Street Journal) - U.S. government, which commissioned group to visit refugee camps, has so far labeled Myanmar killings as ethnic cleansing.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A human rights law group contracted by the U.S. State Department to investigate atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar called on Monday for the urgent establishment of a criminal tribunal to bring those responsible to justice.
The Public International Law and Policy Group, contracted by the U.S. State Department to study a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, issued a new report saying there are reasonable grounds to believe the Myanmar military committed crimes against humanity (VOA) and genocide.
WASHINGTON (NPR-WAMU) - Human rights investigators, who helped gather information for a State Department report on Rohingya Muslims, say they found evidence of a genocide, but the State Department didn't go that far.
WASHINGTON (Politico) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is facing new pressure from lawmakers and activists to declare that Myanmar’s military is guilty of committing genocide against Rohingya Muslims.
WASHINGTON (VOA) - The U.S. Holocaust Museum says it has found "compelling evidence of genocide" in Myanmar against the Muslim Rohingya minority, calling on the U.S. government and international governments to hold the Burmese military accountable.
[VOA-Bangla] PILPG investigation report [Translated]
Includes interviews with PILPG personnel.
[U.S. Senate Hearing] Statement from Senator Markey
“I’m deeply concerned by the fact that the crisis continues 1 year after the attacks with nearly 1 million Rohingya in refugee camps in Bangladesh, and there appears to be no solution that allows for the safe and voluntary return of the Rohingya back to Rakhine State. Yesterday, the legal firm that the State Department worked to investigate the 2017 attacks produced its full report. In it, the investigators said that 'based on the evidence there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity, genocide, and war crimes have been committed against the Rohingya.”
[Rep. Brad Sherman] Statement
"As Ranking Member of the Asia Subcommittee, I’m committed to securing justice for the Rohingya. The first step in that process is being honest about what’s happening: genocide. The reports by PILPG and Holocaust Museum are must-reads."
[Physicians for Human Rights] Widespread and Systematic: Violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar
PILPG says interviews with more than 1,000 Rohingya refugees provide reasonable grounds to believe the Myanmar military committed crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes.
[US Senate Hearing] Video: Senator Rubio Cites PILPG Report
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