August 27, 2018 / 9:44 PM / 8 months ago

U.S. says U.N. Rohingya probe adds to growing evidence against Myanmar

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The results of a United Nations investigation released on Monday add to a “growing body of information indicating widespread human rights abuses” by Myanmar’s security forces against Rohingya Muslims, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department said.

However, the United States would only decide whether genocide or crimes against humanity had been committed “after a thorough review of the available facts and relevant legal analysis,” the spokesman said.

In a report issued earlier on Monday, U.N. investigators said Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya with “genocidal intent” and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest crimes under international law. (Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick Editing by Toni Reinhold)

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