Myanmar: army ends operation in disturbed Rakhine state


Following worldwide pressure, Myanmar authorities have established a number of commissions to investigate alleged human rights violations committed during the security operations in northern Rakhine State.

Security forces have been accused of committing abuses such as mass gang-rape and killings, including children and babies, brutal beatings, the burning of villages and disappearances during the military operation.

"The situation in northern Rakhine has now stabilised".

The crackdown, which began in early October, has been the subject of severe worldwide criticism over abuses committed against the region's Rohingya Muslims, specifically in the northern part of Rakhine State.

In a statement in Yangon on Thursday, Myanmar's National Security Adviser Thaung Tan said situation in has stabilized in Rakhine and now only police is needed to keep peace.

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The state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday that the Sittwe District Court sentenced a man named Urumu for murder for the October 9 attack on an outpost on Rakhine state's border with Bangladesh that killed one officer.

"There can be no excuse for excessive force, for abuses of fundamental human rights and basic criminality", Thaung Tun said on Wednesday.

The government denies the allegations.

Even before the crackdown began, human rights organizations spoke out against Myanmar's treatment of the Rohingya for years.

Myanmar has tightened security in the disturbed Rakhine state to ensure the sovereignty and safety of the area, Ministry of Home Affairs Deputy Minister Major General Aung Soe said on Wednesday (15 February). It also said it was still probing accusations of arson, torture, and illegal arrests.

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Saw Thalay Saw, a commission member and lawmaker from Shwegyin in Bago region, told RFA's Myanmar Service on Tuesday that Muslim villagers could not corroborate some of the accounts of abuse detailed in the United Nations report.

The violence has renewed global criticism that Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has done too little to help members of the Muslim minority.

Myanmar military did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

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