Myanmar Army clears itself of blame over Rohingya violence

The Myanmar army has cleared itself of blame concerning the Rohingya crisis after releasing the results of an internal investigation.

 

The organisation Amnesty International has described the report as a ‘whitewash’.

 

The report denied the Myanmar Army killed any Rohingya people, raping their women, burning villages and stealing possessions.

Over half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes. Source: Google

The report comes as a reaction to the UN’s statement that the ongoing Rohingya crisis was “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.

 

More than half a million from the stateless and primarily Muslim Rohingya minority have fled the Northern Rakhine state of Myanmar (Burma) into neighbouring Bangladesh since August, making it the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

Refugees have fled destruction in the northern Rakhine province .

Many who reached Bangladesh reported their homes and villages being burned and attacks by Burmese troops.

 

The army has now contradicted these claims, stating in a lengthy post on Facebook:

 

“According to the answers of 2,817 villagers from 54 Bengali villages in interviews and confessions of 362 villagers from 105 Bengali villages, security forces did not commit shooting at innocent villagers and sexual violence and rape cases against women.”

 

“They did not arrest, beat and kill the villagers.”

 

“They did not totally destroy, rob and take property”

 

“They did not threaten, bully and drive out the villagers not to be able to live in the villages and the did not set fire to the houses.”

An image of the Taung Paw camp in Rakhine State, Burma Source: Google

It also stated that Rohingya terrorist groups were responsible for the attacks on villages.

 

Rohingya Muslims represent the largest percent of Muslims in Myanmar however the predominantly Buddhist government of the country denied them official citizenship, and refused to recognise them in their 2014 census.

Results Pour Through in Myanmar Election

Credit to Asia Society (Flickr)

Credit to Asia Society (Flickr

Following Sunday’s election, a spokesperson for the President of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has sent his congratulations to the leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi.

The National League for Democracy took around 90% of the electorate, although roughly 60% of the vote has yet to be counted. This is a particularly significant election in Myanmar’s history, and should represent a transition from the military imposed rule of the Union Solidarity and Development Party.

However in 1990, the NLD won elections, only for the result to be nullified, and Ms Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest until 2010. Alongside this, a quarter of the seats are reserved for the military, bringing into question exactly how democratic the outcome of this election will be.

Furthermore, the constitution bans Ms Suu Kyi from being president, despite her being the leader of the National League for Democracy, although she has claimed that it won’t stop her from “making all the decisions.”

Ms Suu Kyi now seeks to have talks with President Thein Sein, to discuss a reconciliation process and her party’s transition into government.

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