Dhaka – A civic group in Bangladesh has formed a panel to investigate the Myanmar’s military atrocity on Rohingya Muslims that forced more than half a million people from the minority group to cross into Cox’s Bazar fleeing violence in Rakhine state.
Former justice of the Supreme Court’s Appellate Division Shamsul Huda will lead a 35-strong panel, dubbed as Citizen’s Commission, to probe “Genocide and Terrorism” in Burma, the organizers said at a press conference in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Former Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik will be its member secretary, the said.
Shamsuddin said the panel will fix its terms of reference within a week time.
The panel will publish a report after interviewing Rohingya Muslims entered Bangladesh over the past six weeks. The re post is likely to be published in the next four months.
An estimated 521,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh after Burmese army lunched crackdown on suspected Muslims insurgents to respond to a coordinated attack on security posts on August 25.
The civilians crossed into Bangladesh said they were subjected to killing, torture, arson attacks by the army and Buddhist mobs that forced them to flee homes to save lives. Rohingya women alleged that they were sexually assaulted by the soldiers.
Shahriar Kabir, a writer and president of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, said that the commission will visit Rakhine state provided that they are allowed to do so by the governments in both Bangladesh and Myanmar.