Rohingya crisis: Myanmar army clears itself of wrongdoing

Azimul Hasan 10 a Rohingya refugee boy serves plates at a roadside hotel where he works at Jamtoli close to Palong Khali camp near Cox's Bazar Bangladesh

Addressing the Rohingya crisis in September, Suu Kyi claimed that "Myanmar does not fear global scrutiny" and that human rights violations would be investigated and "addressed in accordance with strict norms of justice".

The report stated that almost 376 "terrorists" were killed in fighting during the August attacks. Human rights organisations have branded it a "whitewash".

An internal army investigation claims Myanmar soldiers have not shot villagers, raped women or tortured prisoners.

Since Aug. 25, an estimated 613,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.

"Although the Bengali villages where the engagements took place were burning and women and children were fleeing their homes, not a single shot was sacked on them", it said, adding that 376 "terrorists" had been killed.

Noting that some Rohingya refugees have been trafficked outside Bangladesh, Millman said: "Most of the trafficking is taking place inside the country, which follows the pattern of trafficking globally".

Turkey has been at the forefront of providing aid to Rohingya refugees.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has come under increasing worldwide pressure to act to prevent further tragedies from occurring.

Suu Kyi discussed the Rohingya crisis with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during the Southeast Asian summit in Manila.

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

While world leaders wrung their hands, thousands of Rohingya remained stranded in Burma, on beaches around the mouth of the Naf River, hoping to find a boat to make the short, sometimes perilous crossing to Bangladesh. He is expected to meet senior officials to hold talks on the crisis.

The government of Myanmar, a predominately Buddhist country, claims the Rohingya people are illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh and has denied them citizenship, leaving them stateless.

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

President Donald Trump failed to speak out about two of Asia's biggest humanitarian crises ― the ethnocentric violence in Myanmar and the alleged extrajudicial killings in the Phillippines ― during his 12-day visit to the area, even as some of America's closest allies delivered strongly worded responses.

"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".



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