A United Nations report has said top military figures in Myanmar must be investigated for genocide in Rakhine state and crimes against humanity in other areas.

The report, based on hundreds of interviews, is the strongest condemnation from the UN so far of violence against the Rohingya.

The army’s tactics are “consistently and grossly disproportionate to actual security threats”, it says.

It is also fiercely critical of Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, for failing to intervene to stop the violence.

But the report says the crimes it has documented are “shocking for the level of denial, normalcy and impunity that is attached to them”.