UN rights chief: Dehumanising Rohingya can fan more violence

2017-12-06 05:32
Jordan's Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, gives a statement, during the 27th special session of the Human Rights Council on "the human rights situation of the minority Rohingya Muslim population and other minorities in the Rakhine State of Myanmar", at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva. (Salvatore Di Nolfi, Keystone via AP)

Jordan's Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, gives a statement, during the 27th special session of the Human Rights Council on "the human rights situation of the minority Rohingya Muslim population and other minorities in the Rakhine State of Myanmar", at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva. (Salvatore Di Nolfi, Keystone via AP)

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Geneva - The UN human rights chief says actions by Myanmar's government to "dehumanise" the Rohingya minority are likely to fan more violence and draw in communities from across the region.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein also urged the Human Rights Council to consider asking the UN General Assembly to authorise another UN investigation into abuses and violence against the Rohingya since August that has driven 626 000 into neighbouring Bangladesh.

Zeid, a Jordanian prince who goes by his first name, said no repatriation of Rohingya to Myanmar should occur without "sustained human rights monitoring" to ensure they can live safely and in dignity.

He was speaking at a special council session on Tuesday on the Rohingya's plight. A draft resolution urges Zeid's office to report on cooperation between Myanmar's government with UN rights monitors.

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