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UN condemns human rights abuses against Rohingya

The UN has passed a non-binding resolution calling on Myanmar to stop the incitement of violence and hatred against Rohingya and other communities.

During a brutal military crackdown in the northern state of Rakhine over 700,000 Rohingya were forced to flee and thousands were killed in 2017.

This resolution follows Aung San Suu Kyi’s denial of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague earlier this month.

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The resolution called on Myanmar to provide protection to all ethnic groups. It was passed with 134 countries voting in favour of the measure out of 193, nine voted against and 28 abstained.

Hau Do Suan, the UN ambassador for Myanmar, has accused the resolution of being;  "another classic example of double-standards [and] selective and discriminatory application of human rights norms”.

Ann Suu Kyi has defended the actions of the military maintaining that this is an ‘internal armed conflict’ but has admitted that excess force may have been used and claims that if soldiers committed war crimes ‘they will be prosecuted’.

For more information read the BBC’s reporting.