Myanmar Military Exoneration of Rohingya Crimes is 'Laughable,' 'Pathetic': HRW

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

According to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, over 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since the end of the August.

"He wasn't moved into any position at present, he has been put in reserve".

"I don't know the reason why he was transferred", Major General Aye Lwinhe told Reuters as a United Nations official accused the military of conducting organized rape and other crimes against humanity.

The Myanmar military said its own internal investigation had exonerated security forces of all accusations of atrocities.

Some U.S. senators are now pursuing legislation to impose economic and travel sanctions on the armed forces and their business interests.

The report has been widely criticized by several human rights groups in the region. "Those responsible for abuses must be held accountable", she said.

"That the draft statement skipped over the Rohingya crisis means global leaders accept there is no ethnic cleansing in Rakhine", he said.

The government in mostly Buddhist Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. One of the human rights group also sought an investigation by the International Criminal Court.

He said the transfer was ordered on November 10 and Brigadier General Soe Tint Naing had been appointed as the new head of Western Command.

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

The crackdown has been referred to as "ethnic cleansing" by the United Nations.

Aung San Suu Kyi later met Tillerson briefly, though the two will have a one-on-one conversation on Wednesday in Naypyidaw to discuss the situation in northern Rakhine and the restoration of peace and stability.

"When I return to NY, I will brief and raise the issue with the prosecutor and president of the ICC whether they (Myanmar's military) can be held responsible for these atrocities", Patten said.

The refugees have told how the Myanmar military conducted a systematic campaign of murder against Rohingya men, women and children, including babies.

"Rape is an act and a weapon of genocide", she said.

Patten said brutal acts of sexual violence had occurred in the context of collective persecution that included the killing of adults and children, torture, mutilation and the burning and looting of villages. "We appeal to the South African public to assist".

The International Organization for Migration reports that "desperate refugees are being recruited with false offers of paid work and ... are willing to take whatever opportunities they are presented with, even risky, unsafe ones that involve their children", Dujarric said.

As people fleeing violence in Myanmar relate the horrors of escaping military violence, Myanmar army released a report late night Monday in which it concluded there were "no deaths of innocent people".

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