Human rights group Amnesty International says Myanmar’s top military officials must be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity over atrocities against the Rohingya Muslim minority in the Buddhist-majority country.
Amnesty called for the United Nations Security Council to refer the military officials, including top commanders, to the ICC and impose a “comprehensive arms embargo” on the county and financial sanctions on its senior officials.
The group released a comprehensive 190-page document, based on a nine-month investigation, saying it has “a mountain of evidence” that the state-sponsored violence against the Muslim population, which has forced some 702,000 women, men, and children out of their country, “was part of a highly orchestrated, systematic attack.”
Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been brutally killed, raped, and tortured, and their entire communities have been bulldozed in western Myanmar. The nearly 700,000 others have survived only by fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh.