Rohingya crisis: Myanmar army clears itself of wrongdoing

15 November, 2017, 16:39 | Author: Wade Massey
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"We are always looking at. how we can help, how we can move forward in a way that reduces violence, that emphasises the rule of law and that ensures protection for all citizens", he said.

In a highly publicized September speech on the situation in Rakhine, Suu Kyi said Myanmar was not "afraid of worldwide scrutiny", but did not denounce alleged atrocities against the Rohingya community and appeared to ignore the findings of a report commissioned by her administration.

US President Donald J. Trump did not publicly take Duterte to task for the drug crackdown and avoided questions about whether he'd raise human-rights concerns with the Filipino leader during a private meeting.

The results of an internal military investigation published on Monday absolved the Myanmar army of all wrongdoing during the Rohingya crisis.

The report contradicts statements from ethnic Rohingya who have reported widespread abuses - including massacres, rape, looting and torching of villages - at the hands of Myanmar military and civilian mobs.

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a Myanmar military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Rakhine State that a top United Nations official has described as a textbook case of "ethnic cleansing".

More than 600,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh since late August, and now live in the squalor of the world's biggest refugee camp.

A senior US State Department official later said the top diplomat would press Myanmar's powerful army chief on Wednesday to halt the violence in Rakhine and make it safe for Rohingya to return.

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Amnesty International accused Myanmar of sweeping "serious violations" against the Rohingya under the carpet.

"There is overwhelming evidence that the military has murdered and raped Rohingya and burned their villages to the ground", the group said.

Amnesty International also dismissed the military's internal investigation and called for a United Nations fact-finding mission and for other independent investigators to be given full access to Rakhine.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also he had an "extended conversation" with Suu Kyi about the plight of Rohingya Muslims.

"After recording countless stories of horror and using satellite analysis to track the growing devastation we can only reach one conclusion: These attacks amount to crimes against humanity". Trudeau called on Tuesday for a "sustainable and just solution".

With Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arriving in Myanmar on Wednesday, the USA will look to engage the country's military leaders and Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi in addressing the violence against the Rohingya, according to the official, who asked not to be identified previewing Tillerson's visit.

Tillerson has deemed Myanmar military leaders "responsible" for atrocities that the army denies.

The conversations in Myanmar could include consequences if the country's leaders can't formulate a "credible response" to the crisis that satisfies the global community, the official said when asked if renewed sanctions were still under consideration.

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