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US requests UN Security Council briefing on Rohingya

The United States and either other governments have requested the United Nations fact-finding mission that investigated atrocities committed by Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims brief the UN Security Council this week.

The UN's Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar was set up in March 2017 and headed by Marzuki Darusman who also co-authored the 2011 report produced by a panel of experts on mass atrocities in Sri Lanka. The report calls for an investigation into the genocide of the Rohingya people and for the case to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The US and other governments said the briefing by Darusman was to "receive further information on this situation and its implications for international peace and security".

Myanmar's Ambassador to the UN Hau Do Suan said his government "strongly objects" to the US request, stating that the UN report was "one-sided".