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Rohingya Muslims facing crimes against humanity in Myanmar says UN official

The UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Myanmar said the Rohingya Muslims were facing "crimes against humanity" by the Burmese people, security forces and police. 

In an interview to BBC Newsnight this week, Yanghee Lee said "I would say crimes against humanity. Definite crimes against humanity... by the Burmese, Myanmar military, the border guards or the police or security forces."

Stating that such abuse was "systemic" within the Myanmar forces, Ms Lee said that the government lef by Aung San Suu Kyi must also be held responsible. 

"At the end of the day it is the government, the civilian government, that has to answer and respond to these massive cases of horrific torture and very inhumane crimes they have committed against their own people."

Ms Lee spoke to the BBC after interviewing Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, as she was not granted permission to travel freely across the country. 

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