Southeast Asian States Go Easy on Myanmar Over Rohingya Abuse And Exodus

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

Speaking in Dhaka, Pramila Patten, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said she would raise accusations against the Myanmar military with the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the military's report into allegations made by a wide range of governments, rights groups, and the United Nations was concocted to fit Myanmar's "manufactured narrative".

On Monday, Suu Kyi said at the summit with her Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) counterparts that she was willing to receive global aid for the Rohingya and is prepared to begin the process of repatriation of the over 614,000 members of the minority group who have fled to Bangladesh after violence erupted late August in Rakhine state.

"The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has found that human trafficking and exploitation is rife among Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar into Bangladesh", Xinhua news agency quoted UN spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, as saying on Tuesday.

The crackdown has been referred to as "ethnic cleansing" by the United Nations, among others.

According to Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmood Ali, around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown.

The military, known as the Tatmadaw, has also been widely accused of mass rape, looting, torching villages and other crimes against humanity. The investigators' findings were posted on the Facebook page of the military's commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

"Myanmar specifically said one, they are in process of attending to Kofi Annan report".

"Secretary Tillerson's visit must be used to recognize the tragedy for what it is, ethnic cleansing, and to pressure the Myanmar government and in particular Myanmar's military to address the crimes against humanity that are taking place", said Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International, in a statement.

"It's clear that they will not admit evidence of any sort that contradicts their own manufactured narrative", Robertson said.

The UN documented mass gang rapes, killings - including of infants and young children - brutal beatings and disappearances committed by security personnel.

In a report on Monday, the military said it had "abided by laws" during the "security operations" in northern Rakhine state, prompting worldwide rights groups to clan that it is whitewashing ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity targeting the Rohingya.

Suu Kyi has said that any alleged atrocities should be substantiated and investigated, while her government is working to stabilise Rakhine in order for the Rohingyas to return.

"I don't know the reason why he was transferred", Major General Aye Lwin, deputy director of the psychological warfare and public relation department at the Ministry of Defence, told Reuters.

He said the transfer was ordered on November 10 and Brigadier General Soe Tint Naing had been appointed as the new head of Western Command.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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