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Myanmar Army again denies abuses against Rohingya

15 November 2017, 11:41 | Erica Roy

Temporary shelters at Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp near Cox's Bazar yesterday

Temporary shelters at Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp near Cox's Bazar yesterday

Human rights organisations have branded it a "whitewash".

According to the lengthy report, published on the Facebook page of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, engagements and fights caused the deaths of at least 376 insurgents, whom it described as "Bengali terrorists", and 13 members of the security forces.

"This is according to interviews and focus groups they've been conducting in Cox's Bazar", he said, referring to where makeshift refugee camps were established in southeastern Bangladesh, neighbouring Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Addressing the Rohingya crisis in September, Suu Kyi claimed that "Myanmar does not fear worldwide scrutiny" and that human rights violations would be investigated and "addressed in accordance with strict norms of justice".

The organisation added that "there is overwhelming evidence that the military has murdered and raped Rohingya and burned their villages to the ground" and called for an investigation by the UN.

Secretary Guterres said, "the dramatic movement of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh, is a worrying escalation in a protracted tragedy and a potential source of instability in the region, and radicalization".

Contradicting the army report, several Rohingya who fled violence have already detailed accounts of mass killings, brutal beatings, torture and rape against Rohingya children, women, and men.

Now Secretary Cayetano expects us to applaud, simply because the same government that triggered this humanitarian crisis now says it is ready to accept help?

Fatema a Rohingya woman and her two children sit inside a mosquito net in Palong Khali refugee camp
Fatema a Rohingya woman and her two children sit inside a mosquito net in Palong Khali refugee camp

More than 200 have drowned making the attempt in the past couple of months and Bangladesh border guards have clamped down on fishermen who Rohingya were paying to take them across.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also he had an "extended conversation" with Suu Kyi about the plight of Rohingya Muslims.

The fact that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) failed to pass a resolution and handed out merely a statement condemning atrocities committed against the Rohingya people has apparently emboldened the Myanmar security forces.

The Nobel peace prize victor has failed to speak out strongly over the Rohingya's plight.

"It is something for which the Burmese authorities ― and especially the military ― must take full responsibility", May said.

Gomez said that satellite analysis had clearly tracked the "growing devastation" and that Amnesty believed Burma was committing "crimes against humanity".

"The Burmese military's absurd effort to absolve itself of mass atrocities underscores why an independent global investigation is needed to establish the facts and identify those responsible", said Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW.




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