Myanmar Army denies abuses against Rohingya
THE Myanmar Army on Tuesday again denied having committed any abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority, including murders and rapes, during its operations in Rakhine State.
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 6,14,000 people, most of them members of the minority community, to flee to Bangladesh, reports Efe news.
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”.
The Army, on the other hand, has maintained that the security forces always acted in accordance with the law and did not shoot innocent civilians, according to the report issued by the military. “The findings of t he investigation have proved that all security members up from the leaders to the privates were aware of and strictly abided by the orders and directives of superior bodies, especially the rules of engagement.
“They did not arrest, beat or kill civilians. They did not destroy or rob property... They did not threaten, bully or drive out the villagers,” it added.
Rescuers attempt to push stranded whales back into the ocean at Ujong Kareng beach in Aceh, Indonesia, on Monday. Ten whales were stranded at the beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers who posed for pictures with them. (AP/PTI)
Rohingyas carrying construction material walk towards to the Hakim Para refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on Monday. (AP/PTI)