Friday, 24 November, 2017

Myanmar Army again denies abuses against Rohingya

Myanmar leader blames illegal immigration for world's conflicts, as country drives out Rohingyas Myanmar Army again denies abuses against Rohingya
Melinda Barton | 15 November, 2017, 11:43

"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", Brad Adams of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The military said that, while 376 "terrorists" were killed, there were no deaths of innocent people. Human rights organisations have branded it a "whitewash".

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.

If another 200,000 are pushed out it would virtually fulfil Myanmar's long-term goal to depopulate the Rakhine State of the Rohingya minority group.

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.

The latest military operations began late August in response to a series of assaults by a group of Rohingya insurgents on police posts, causing more than 614,000 people, a lot of them members of the minority community, to flee to Bangladesh, reports Efe news.

Tillerson and Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of a less than two-year-old civilian administration that has no control over the military, met in Manila on Monday, where they were both attending a regional summit.

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?

Trudeau said he would nominate a Canadian special envoy to the region to "engage in diplomatic efforts, and identify ways in which Canada can support the response to the situation and the plight of the Rohingya minority".

The military said that its report was based on interviews with 3,217 Rohingya villagers, whose citizenship has not been recognized in the country and were referred to in the report as "Bengalis".

Many Rohingya have died making the journey from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

According to the sources, the ASEAN bloc has strongly refused to discuss the crisis but a Philippine official has said at least two leaders raised the issue Monday. "Those responsible for abuses must be held accountable", Adams said.

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

The United Nations has said the ongoing crisis amounts to "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".