Myan­mar mil­i­tary put on U.N. blacklist for sex­ual vi­o­lence

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A U.N. re­port puts Myan­mar’s armed forces on a U.N. blacklist of groups “cred­i­bly sus­pected” of car­ry­ing out rapes and other acts of sex­ual vi­o­lence.

An ad­vance copy of Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res’ re­port, ob­tained Fri­day by the As­so­ci­ated Press, says med­i­cal staff and oth­ers in Bangladesh have doc­u­mented that many of the 700,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims who fled from Myan­mar “bear the phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal scars of bru­tal sex­ual as­sault.” The U.N. chief said the as­saults were al­legedly per­pe­trated by the Myan­mar Armed Forces in the course of “mil­i­tary ‘clear­ance’ op­er­a­tions in Oc­to­ber 2016 and Au­gust 2017.”

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