Myanmar military again denies atrocities
Myanmar’s military issued its most forceful denial yet that security forces had committed atrocities during “clearance operations” in the west of the country that have sparked the largest refugee crisis in Asia in decades.
The military’s latest denial of wrongdoing contradicts consistent statements from refugees in Bangladesh who have described witnessing atrocities committed by security forces and Buddhist mobs. Some of the refugees who have spoken to journalists and human rights groups accuse Myanmar’s security forces of massacres, rape, looting and the burning of of villages during the military operation.
In a statement, the military said it had interviewed thousands of people during its month-long investigation into the conduct of troops in western Rakhine state after Rohingya insurgents launched a series of attacks there on August 25.