Mil­i­tary de­nies atroc­i­ties against Ro­hingya

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YANGON: Myan­mar’s army re­leased a re­port yes­ter­day deny­ing all al­le­ga­tions of rape and killings by se­cu­rity forces, hav­ing days ear­lier re­placed the gen­eral in charge of the op­er­a­tion that drove more than 600 000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims to flee to Bangladesh.

No rea­son was given for Ma­jor-Gen­eral Maung Maung Soe be­ing trans­ferred from his post as the head of Western Com- mand in Rakhine state, where Myan­mar’s mil­i­tary, known as the Tat­madaw, launched a sweep­ing counter-in­sur­gency op­er­a­tion in Au­gust.

“I don’t know the rea­son why he was trans­ferred,” Ma­jor-Gen­eral Aye Lwin, deputy di­rec­tor of the psy­cho­log­i­cal war­fare and pub­lic re­la­tions depart­ment at the Min­istry of De­fence, said.

“He wasn’t moved into any po­si­tion at present. He has been put in re­serve.”

A se­nior UN of­fi­cial, who had toured the refugee camps in Bangladesh, on Sun­day ac­cused Myan­mar’s mil­i­tary of con­duct­ing or­gan­ised mass rape and other crimes against hu­man­ity.

The Myan­mar mil­i­tary said its own in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion had ex­on­er­ated se­cu­rity forces of all ac­cu­sa­tions of atroc­i­ties.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tors’ find­ings were posted on the Face­book page of the mil­i­tary’s com­man­der-in-chief, Se­nior Gen­eral Min Aung Hlaing.

The de­vel­op­ments came be­fore to­mor­row’s visit by US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son. He is ex­pected to de­liver a stern mes­sage to Myan­mar’s gen­er­als, over whom na­tional leader Aung San Suu Kyi has lit­tle con­trol. – Reuters

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

A soldier walks past a burn­ing pile of con­fis­cated heroin, hashish and opium dur­ing a drugs de­struc­tion cer­e­mony on the out­skirts of Karachi, Pak­istan yes­ter­day. The cer­e­mony was to mark the In­ter­na­tional Day against Drug Abuse and Il­licit Traf­fick­ing, which is held ev­ery year on June 26, but was de­layed due to the holy month of Ra­madan.

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