Myan­mar mil­i­tary again de­nies atroc­i­ties

Irish Examiner - - World News -

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.

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