Myanmar Army again denies abuses against Rohingya


Amnesty International (AI) described the report as an attempt by the Myanmar Army to "whitewash crimes against humanity".

The report stated that almost 376 "terrorists" were killed in fighting during the August attacks.

The military campaign drew criticism from various organisations which denounced the authorities' numerous abuses against civilians, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights described the situation as an "ethnic cleansing".

In reporting the findings of a supposed investigation posted to the Facebook page of the Tatmadaw True News Information Team, the Burmese military claimed that none of its soldiers had acted improperly in responding to attacks on security force outposts by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on Aug 25.

"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.

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"Although the Bengali villages where the engagements took place were burning and women and children were fleeing their homes, not a single shot was sacked on them", it said, adding that 376 "terrorists" had been killed.

Human trafficking and sexual abuse are rampant among Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, the U.N.'s International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.

He also didn't give any indication that he spoke to Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, about the conflict.

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Noting that some Rohingya refugees have been trafficked outside Bangladesh, Millman said: "Most of the trafficking is taking place inside the country, which follows the pattern of trafficking globally". It is widely believed among the Buddhist-majority population that Rohingya are "illegal immigrants" from Bangladesh, despite having resided in Burma for hundreds of years. He is expected to meet senior officials to hold talks on the crisis.

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Nevertheless, Burma has denied access to a specially created United Nations fact-finding mission as well as many global humanitarian organisations to operate in affected areas of the Rakhine.

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday night condemned the "inhuman" treatment of the Rohingya people, which she said "looks like ethnic cleansing".

"There is overwhelming evidence that the military has murdered and raped Rohingya and burned their villages to the ground", the group said.

Tillerson has deemed Myanmar military leaders "responsible" for atrocities that the army denies.

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