December 14, 2018

Myanmar Army again denies abuses against Rohingya

15 November 2017, 11:40 | Devin Moran

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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 also denied widespread allegations of sexual violence against Rohingya women or burning down Muslim villages.

The refugees are fleeing a military operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages.

"Exploitation has been reported among Rohingya refugees not only among those who arrived since August 25 this year but also among those who have lived in Bangladesh for years".

"The security forces were only fighting against the ARSA Bengali terrorists".

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".

Amnesty International's regional director for Southeast Asia James Gomez said in a statement that "once again, Myanmar's military is trying to sweep serious violations against the Rohingya under the carpet ... it has no intention of ensuring accountability - it's now up to the worldwide community to step up to ensure these appalling abuses do not go unpunished".

In a recent report, United Nations investigators said such violations may have constituted to crimes against humanity.

The said to be considering sanctions on Myanmar's regime in response to the alleged crimes, and the State Department withdrew aid to the Burmese military last month.

"The Burmese authorities have once again shown that they can't and won't credibly investigate themselves", Adams added.

Irish musician and activist Bob Geldof also called Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi "a handmaiden to genocide".

"They did not arrest, beat or kill civilians. They killed Hindus and other ethnic minorities". While Bangladesh reels from the pressures of looking after almost a million people on its soil, we have neither received the necessary foreign financial commitments from the developed nations, nor have any meaningful steps been taken by the UNSC that could check the violence against an unarmed people. But Tillerson, who has repeatedly condemned the violence, has stopped short of labeling it as ethnic cleansing.

A growing list of prominent global figures have criticised Suu Kyi's response to the crisis including the Dalai Lama, Pope Francis, and several fellow Nobel laureates such as Malala Yousafzai and Desmond Tutu.

The report comes just ahead of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson planned visit to Myanmar on Wednesday.

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