November 28, 2017 / 3:43 PM / a year ago

U.N. rights body session on Myanmar's Rohingya set for Dec 5

Rohingya refugees scuffle as they wait to receive relief aid at Kutupalong refugee camp, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Susana Vera

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Human Rights Council said on Tuesday it would examine the situation of Muslim Rohingyas and other minorities in Myanmar, in a special session on Dec. 5 in Geneva.

The request for the session, submitted by Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, has been backed by a total of 33 member states of the 47-member forum, including those two countries, it said.

Reuters, quoting U.N. sources, reported on Monday that the session was expected to be held on killings, rapes and other crimes committed against the Rohingya, which have driven more than 600,000 into Bangladesh since Aug. 25.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Larry King

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