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It is genocide, says NHRC

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Staff Reporter :
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque on Monday said that Myanmar's persecution on Rohingyas was tantamount to genocide.
"The killing, arson, torture and rape of Rohingya people by the Myanmar military and border guards is an unprecedented incident in the history of the world," he said.
The NHRC chairman said this in a press briefing at the Deputy Commissioner's office of Cox's Bazar after visiting Rohingya refugees at registered and unregistered camps in Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas.
NHRC Member Nurun Nahar Osmani and Additional Deputy Commissioner Anwarul Naser were, among others, present during the briefing.
"This genocide needs to be tried at international court if needed," he said.
The exodus of Rohingyas was nearing 300,000 as last reported by UN, who has appealed for an aid of USD 77 million for emergency support for the refugees.
Bangladesh has repeatedly urged Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas. The international community has lauded Bangladesh's efforts in sheltering the refugees."The Rakhine state of Myanmar is a place of abundant natural resources and thus superpowers have their eyes on it," Reazul said
This superpower wants to take control of it and that is why they are trying to eliminate the Rohingya people, he added.
Myanmar border guards and military are still continuing the barbaric torture and attack on the Rohingya people and the international community needs to take quick action and build pressure on the Myanmar government, Reazul said.
United Nations, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and Association of Southeast Asian Nations have to take up roles in addressing this problem, he added.
"Neighbours-India and China-also have to address this crisis," Reazul said.

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