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Physicians want probe into crimes against humanity in Myanmar

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Health Desk-- 23 July, 2018: A physicians group working with Rohingyas said medical and scientific evidence indicates the extent of the violence Rohingyas suffered at the hands of the Myanmar military and civilians which should be investigated as crimes against humanity.

In a new report titled “Please Tell the World What They Have Done to Us”, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) detailed the findings of forensic medical evaluations of 22 Rohingya survivors of an August 2017 assault on the village of Chut Pyin in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.

“PHR believes that the savagery inflicted on the people of Chut Pyin is a typical example of the widespread and systematic campaign that Myanmar authorities have waged against the Rohingya --  acts that should be investigated as crimes against humanity,” reads the executive summary of the report.

The group came up with the observation based on the forensic examinations and the consistent and detailed testimony, as well as corroborating information from additional credible sources.

A United Nations fact-finding mission on Myanmar, created in 2017, has a mandate to collect evidence that may be used in potential future prosecutions, but has been barred from entering the country.

The PHR, moreover, said, the Myanmar military continues to deny responsibility for incidents in the dozens of other Rohingya villages.