Burma mil­i­tary de­nies atroc­i­ties

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BURMA’S mil­i­tary has is­sued its most force­ful de­nial yet that se­cu­rity forces had com­mit­ted atroc­i­ties dur­ing “clear­ance op­er­a­tions” in the coun­try that have sparked the largest refugee cri­sis in Asia in decades.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, 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.

While the re­port ac­knowl­edged bat­tles against Ro­hingya mil­i­tants, it claimed “there was no death of in­no­cent peo­ple”.

Burma’s gov­ern­ment says the Mus­lim mi­nor­ity mi­grated il­le­gally from Bangladesh, and does not ac­knowl­edge the Ro­hingya as a lo­cal eth­nic group.

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