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New UN human rights chief urges Myanmar international inquiry

The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet on Monday urged an international mechanism to collect evidence of crimes committed by the Myanmar army against the Rohingya population in order to pursue prosecutions. 

“This mechanism would also complement and support the preliminary examination of the ICC (International Criminal Court) prosecutor," she said."

“I urge the Council to pass a resolution and refer the matter to the General Assembly for its endorsement so that such a mechanism can be established."

Bachelet's comments follow on from that of her predecessor, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who had urged the UN Human Rights Council to refer Myanmar to the ICC. 

Last month a UN report detailed allegations of genocide committed by senior Myanmar military figures. 

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