Aug 24, 2018

Southeast Asia officials demand Rohingya crisis investigation

A Myanmar guard stands by a fence.

A Myanmar border guard patrols the fence in the "no man's land" zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Photo: Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP/Getty Images

More than 130 members of parliament from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Timor Leste and the Philippines are calling for an International Criminal Court investigation of Myanmar's Rohingya crisis, the Guardian reports.

Why it matters: The call from the 132 MPs — members of the Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights — is the "most united condemnation" of the campaign against the Rohingya since it started a year ago, leaving around 25,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. The ICC is discussing the legal basis for an investigation, the Guardian reports, as Myanmar is not a member state and has strongly denied any ethnic cleansing is taking place.

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