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Thai police shut down discussion on Rohingya

The Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand shut down a forum organized by foreign journalists to discuss whether senior military officers in Myanmar should face justice for alleged human rights abuses committed by their forces against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities.

About a dozen policemen showed up ahead of Monday evening’s scheduled panel discussion at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand and ordered the panelists not to speak.

The scheduled speakers included Tun Khin, a prominent U.K.-based Rohingya activist; Kobsak Chutikul, a former Thai diplomat; and Kingsley Abbott, a representative of the International Commission of Jurists, a rights advocacy group.

Last month a specially appointed U.N. human rights team recommended that Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya.

Critics of Myanmar’s military have also accused it of carrying out ethnic cleansing and other war crimes.

Some 700,000 Rohingya fled across the border to Bangladesh after the army launched a counterinsurgency campaign in response to attacks by Rohingya militants last August.

Myanmar’s army, which for decades has been accused of violating the human rights of various ethnic minorities, denies having committed organized rights abuses.Speech

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