UN genocide adviser: Indications Myanmar cleansing Rohingyas

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UN genocide adviser: Indications Myanmar cleansing Rohingyas
FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, Rohingya Muslim children wait for food handouts distributed by a Turkish aid agency at Thaingkhali refugee camp, Bangladesh. Myanmar's government has rejected two reports presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council that concluded it committed extreme human rights violations, probably amounting to crimes under international law, in its repression of several minority groups. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. adviser on preventing genocide says all information he has received indicates the Myanmar government intended to cleanse Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state and possibly even destroy them “which, if proven, would constitute the crime of genocide.”

Adama Dieng recently visited Bangladesh to assess the situation of the Rohingyas and said Tuesday that what he heard and witnessed “is a human tragedy with the fingerprints of the Myanmar government and of the international community.”

He said “the scorched earth campaign carried out by the Myanmar security forces since August 2017 against the Rohingya population was predictable and preventable.”

Despite his numerous warnings of the risk of “atrocity crimes,” Dieng said the international community “buried its head in the sand” which has cost Rohingyas their lives, homes and dignity.