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Citizen body formed to probe genocide in Myanmar

Staff Correspondent     12th October, 2017 02:59:46 printer

Citizen body formed to probe genocide in Myanmar

A citizen’s commission has been formed in Dhaka to investigate persecution of Rohingyas by Myanmar security forces.


It is a platform of jurists, journalists, human rights activists, academics and other civil society members formed to push forward the demand for the trial of Myanmar authorities for committing genocide and crimes against humanity.


The “Citizen’s Commission for Investigating Genocide and Terrorism in Burma” was formed with 35 members at a press conference in the Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday.


Former Supreme Court justice Shamsul Huda is the head of the commission while former justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik is its member secretary.


The commission will hold its first meeting and arrange its course of action within a week, said Justice Shamsuddin at the press conference.


The committee members will visit the Rohingya strangers in Cox’s Bazar camps within a month and publish their findings report within the next four months.


Replying to a query, Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee President Shahriar Kabir said the commission will visit Rakhine, if the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar permit.


The committee will investigate genocide in Rakhine that has led to exodus of over 5,20,000 Rohingyas, mostly women, children and elderly people.