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Rohingya still fleeing violence, persecution in Myanmar, says UN rights chief

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Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, attends the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva June 18, 2018. — Reuters pic

GENEVA, July 5 — Muslim Rohingya continue to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state, many testifying about violence, persecution, killings and burning of their homes by soldiers and Buddhists, the United Nations human rights chief said yesterday.

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, in his final remarks to the Human Rights Council before stepping down on Aug 31, questioned a top Myanmar official’s assertion that the government was committed to defending the rights of all, not those of any one community.

“In my four years as High Commissioner I have heard many preposterous claims. That claim is almost in its own category of absurdity,” Zeid said. “Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools.”

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The Malay Mail Online

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