UN team: Myanmar crackdown suggests policy to instill fear

A report by the U.N. human rights office says attacks against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar point to a strategy to instill "widespread fear and trauma" among them.

The report released Wednesday is based on 65 interviews with individuals and groups conducted in mid-September as more than a half million Rohingyas fled into Bangladesh during a violent crackdown in Myanmar that followed militant attacks on Aug. 15.

U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said the Myanmar government's denial of rights, including citizenship, to the Rohingya appeared to be "a cynical ploy to forcibly transfer large numbers of people without possibility of return."

The report says efforts were made to "effectively erase signs of memorable landmarks in the geography of the Rohingya landscape," and teachers, cultural and religious leaders were targeted.