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Dozens of Rohingya Mass Graves Verified, Easing Closer to 'Genocide' Definition

Last week, The Associated Press published a story independently verifying five Rohingya mass graves in Burma.

AP researchers used satellite images and cell phone camera metadata to confirm verbal accounts by Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh since last August.

The AP also found the Burmese military used acid on the bodies of murdered Rohingya to mask signs of eradication. The mass graves were previously unreported, but add to mounting evidence against the Burmese regime.

On Friday, the U.N. Special Envoy on Human Rights in Myanmar said the AP’s reporting bears “all the hallmarks of genocide.” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to the Rohingya crisis as “ethnic cleansing” last November. Officials stop short of calling it “genocide” because it could trigger an international convention to intervene.

Azeem Ibrahim. a senior fellow at the Centre for Global Policy and author of The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar's Hidden Genocide. joins us to discuss the AP report.

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