Aung San Suu Kyi has been blasted by UN investigators for failing to stop a brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims which they have called a genocide.
The UN report calls for war crimes charges for Myanmar's military chiefs and blames Nobel Prize winner for failing to stop them.
The report called for six of Myanmar's top military bosses, including the head of the army, to face genocide charges in an international court after a campaign which has seen 700,000 Rohingya flee the country.
The report also targeted Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's civilian leader, for failing to use her position to stop the crackdown or even to protest in any way against it.
UN investigators said civilian leaders including the Nobel Prize winner, who has been widely attacked for failing to stand up for the stateless minority, had contributed to atrocities through their “acts and omissions”.
She had “not used her de facto position as head of government, nor her moral authority, to stem or prevent the unfolding events,” the report said.
Burma's Commander in Chief Min Aung Hlaing with Aung San Suu Kyi
The investigators, who were never granted access to Burma, said they based their findings on interviews with 875 victims and witnesses, as well as satellite imagery and authenticated documents, photographs and videos.
The report detailed a horrifying list of atrocities committed against the Rohingya, including murder, enforced disappearance, torture, as well as sexual violence “perpetrated on a massive scale.”
The investigators said their information suggested that an estimate by Doctors Without Borders that up to 10,000 Rohingya had been killed in the 2017 crackdown was “conservative”.
The real numbers probably amount to genocide proportions.
According to a report by APHR (ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights ) more than 43,000 Rohingya are missing and are presumed dead.
Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.
Aung San Suu Kyi defended her government's actions in Rakhine state, where about 700,000 Rohingya fled from a brutal ethnic cleansing to neighboring Bangladesh. She said terrorism, not social discrimination or inequality, triggered the crisis.
Suu Kyi's government says it carried out justifiable counterinsurgency operations in response to attacks by militants on security forces.
The Burmese army's launched its ethnic cleansing campaign following attacks last August on security outposts by the secretive “Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army”, which said it was acting on behalf of oppressed Rohingya.
Even the term “Rohingya “ is rejected by most people in Burma who do not consider the group a native minority and charge it entered illegally from Bangladesh, although many Rohingya families have lived for generations in Myanmar.
The remaing Rohingya in Burma face both extreme social and official discrimination, and are generally denied citizenship. The Rohingya that try to come back to Burma from Bangladesh to farm their lands and live in their homes are either beaten up and tortured before being exiled again, or just executed on the spot when they're caught.
Aung San Suu Kyi role in this genocide and ethnic cleansing is simple, while the army's job is to kill and drive away the Rohingya from their lands, Aung San's role is to defend this genocide and justify it to the world and the international community.
Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1991, and in honor of that award she helped the Burmese Generals and army “award” the Rohingya with ethnic cleansing and genocide.