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Myanmar military chiefs should face genocide charges: UN fact-finding mission
Myanmar’s top military leaders should be tried for genocide, according to members of a UN fact-finding mission to the country.
Human rights investigators have presented a report into the mass exodus of over 700 thousand Rohingya from Myanmar, which began in August of last year.
Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Radhika Coomaraswamy, a member of the mission, said she was shocked by what she and the team had uncovered:
“The scale, brutality, and systematic nature of rape and violence indicate that they are parts of a deliberate strategy to intimidate, terrorize, or punish the civilian population. They’re used as a tactic of war that we found include rape, gang rape, sexual slavery, forced nudity, and mutilation.”
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UNICEF/WHO call for good hygiene in schools
Millions of children are going to school without basic hygiene facilities, and the goal of universal access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene remains “a huge challenge”.
These are some of the findings of the latest UN report on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in schools.
Produced by the World Health Organization and UN Children’s Fund, the study shows that around a third of schools around the world do not provide safe drinking water or basic toilet facilities.
Popularity of international tourism continues to rise, UN agency reports
China continues to lead the growth in international tourism, according to the UN World Tourism Organization.
Chinese tourists provided almost 20 per cent of the $1.3 trillion spent in the sector in 2017.
The organization reveals that France remains the most visited destination for international tourists, with Spain rising to second place.
International tourism has seen constant growth for eight straight years.
Conor Lennon, UN News.