The state Department does not use the phrase “genocidal intent” with respect to attacks on representatives of ethnic Rohingya in Myanmar for legal reasons.About this during the Tuesday briefing said acting assistant Secretary of state for public diplomacy Heather Nauert.
“This is a very specific legal definition. It cannot be used just. For the average person, of course, it’s incredibly awful and think we should just stick to something this label. However, this is a complex legal definitions, which have legal meaning and weight in courts around the world,” stated Neuert.
So the state Department spokesman commented published on the eve of the special report of the UN mission to investigate the situation in Myanmar (Burma). The report concludes that the military of this country committed massacres and gang rapes of Muslim minority Rohingya people, guided by the “intent to commit genocide.”
The UN has called on to prosecute for organizing this gravest crimes of the commander-in-chief of the country, and five generals. In addition, the report States that the civil government of Myanmar headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, allowed the spread of hateful rhetoric, destroyed documents, and did not protect a religious minority from crimes against humanity.
Commenting on the accusations against the head of the government of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi, the Republican majority leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that it can’t be blamed for the atrocities that occurred in this country because she doesn’t have the necessary influence to stop the actions of the military.
“I wouldn’t want to join the majority opinion that tries to accuse her of things that she could not exert any influence,” said McConnell.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio of Guteres said Tuesday that the findings in the report, “must be subjected to serious consideration.”
Not using the word “genocide,” Guterres noted that the report of the independent experts identified “cases of gross human rights violations and abuses” committed by security forces. According to him, these actions “undoubtedly represent the most serious crimes, based on the provisions of international law.”
A year ago Myanmar’s military has carried out a strict cleansing in Rakhine state in response to attack by insurgents from among the Rohingya. According to the findings of the UN report, more than 700 thousand representatives of the people of Rohingya fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. According to estimates of UN experts, the figure of 10 thousand dead, most likely, is a “conservative” estimate of deaths of Rohingya representatives in the attacks by government troops.