Myan­mar Army de­nies abuses against Ro­hingya

The Hitavada - - 2ND FRONT PAGE -

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)

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