Reports of bulldozing of alleged mass graves showed a "deliberate attempt by the authorities to destroy evidence of potential global crimes, including possible crimes against humanity", Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein added in a speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council.
File image of Rohingya refugees.
The "frenzied" scale of unspeakable violence against the minority Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar has shifted to a "lower intensity campaign of terror and forced starvation", seemingly meant to drive the remaining Rohingyas from their homeland, a senior United Nations human rights official has warned.
More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since its military launched a bloody campaign against them across the western Rakhine State following a number of alleged attacks on security checkpoints on August 25 a year ago.
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Myanmar's government spokesman did not answer repeated calls for comment on Gilmour's statement.
A fact-finding mission set up by the Council, headed by former Indonesian Attorney-General Marzuki Darusman, is due to report on its initial findings on Monday after interviewing victims and survivors in Bangladesh and other countries.
Finance minister A.M.A Muhith said it was unlikely the displaced Muslims would ever return to their homeland.
His statement also said it was "inconceivable" that any Rohingya would be able to return to Myanmar in the near future, despite its pledges to start taking back some refugees.
"I do not believe the Rohingya can be sent back", Muhith, an outspoken minister from the ruling party, told reporters late Tuesday in Dhaka after meeting with a British charity.
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Earlier this year in February, the Centre had responded to a plea which alleged that Rohingya refugees who wanted to enter India after fleeing persecution in Myanmar were being "pushed back" at the border by the BSF in violation of the United Nations principle of non-refoulement.
But the plan has courted controversy from the outset.
"The Government of Myanmar is busy telling the world that it is ready to receive Rohingya returnees, while at the same time its forces are continuing to drive them into Bangladesh", Gilmour said adding:"Safe, dignified and sustainable returns are of course impossible under current conditions".
But the United Nations, rights groups and many Western powers have accused the army of using those attacks as a pretext to expel a minority which has faced brutal discrimination for decades.
Muhith said Myanmar would "take 15 a day when there is one million", referring to the Rohingya in camps strung along the border.
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Myanmar does not recognize the Rohingyas as citizens and forces many of them to live in squalid camps in apartheid-like condition.