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The Myanmar military clears Rohingya's horrific deeds story | World Press Releases
Myanmar's military has published a story that rejects all accusations of rapes and murders by members of the military's own police force after replacing the general in Chad who was responsible for the operations that led more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to escape to Bangladesh a few day before. There was no explanation why Maj Gen Maung Maung Maung Soe was removed from his position as Chief of Western Command in Rakhine State, where Myanmar's military, known as Tatmadaw, initiated a comprehensive counterinsurgency in August.
On Sunday, a UN high-ranking officer who had visited the Bangladesh camp charged Myanmar's military with organizing large-scale rapes and other acts of violence against the people. Myanmar's military said that its own in-house investigations had cleared the police of all allegations of atrocity. Investigators' results have been published on the Facebook page of the military commander-in-chief, Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.
Aung San Suu Kyi is supposed to send a strong signal to Myanmar's general, over whom the country commander Aung San Suu Kyi has little to do. Legislators in Washington are urging the adoption of laws that impose financial and travelling penalties on the military and its commercial interests. In Myanmar, also known as Burma, the Rohingya are considered by most Buddhist Myanmar authorities to be Bangladeshi migrants.
Leading Asiatic countries, who met in Manila on Monday, walked around the Rohingya exit and disappointed the groups clamouring for a harsh stance. Mauung Maung Soe's secondment was ordered on Friday and Brig Genl Soe Tint Naing, former logistic manager, was named the new chief of the Western Command.
The three-division Western Command is supervised by the Bureau of Special Operations, which comes under the authority of Min Aung Hlaing's offices. Burma says the evacuation was necessary for the country's sovereignty after Rohingya fighters assaulted 30 military bases and an outpost in the state on 25 August.
Pramila Patten, the UN envoy to the Secretary-General on the use of force in conflicts, said in Dhaka that she would make allegations against the military in Myanmar at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. "The Myanmar armed forces, also known as Tatmadaw, order, stage and commit acts of sexually assault," Patten said after a three-day trip through the Rohingya Refugee Camp in the Cox's Bazar area of Bangladesh.
Fugitives have charged Myanmar troops and Buddhist militants with having burned down their communities, murdered their homes and raped their wives. Commissioner Patten said that there had been violent sexually assaulted collectively, including the murder of grown-ups and minors, as well as the use of force of tortures, mutilations and the cremation and plundering of communities.
Myanmar's military investigation said that, according to 2,817 respondents from 54 Rohingya communities, troops did not shoot, violate or sexually assault "innocent villagers". There were no murders or blows to the village inhabitants, and the police did not plunder or burn the Rohingya Mosque, it was said.
It also concludes that the police used only small weapons in collisions with Rohingya fighters and that there was no evidence to suggest the use of "excessive force". They were also blaming the fighters for burning the towns and scaring and forcing them out.