The atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are unceasing, as a recent report released by the United Nations reveals Myanmar's security forces committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims and burned their villages.
However, the government of Myanmar denies all allegations, while simultaneously launching an investigation into the human rights allegations.
"The U.N. report provides many detailed accounts of what allegedly happened, and that's why an investigation committee was set up to respond to the report with evidence," police Colonel Myo Thu Soe said.
The violence and genocide in Myanmar has forced thousands of Rohingya Muslims to cross the border into neighboring Bangladesh. According to the United Nations, an estimated number of 69,000 Rohingyas have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh since the security force sweep.
Recently, a video emerged on social media showing Myanmar police brutally beating Rohinya men. The clip was filmed by a border security guard during an intense clearance operation. It shows officers lining up cowering Rohingya men and brutalizing them. The incident prompted Myanmar's first investigation and five police officers were sentenced to two months detention.
Myanmar doesn’t allow media coverage of the embattled region; it’s only after the refugees’ arrival in Bangladesh that journalists are able to report the abuses they faced prior to their escape.
The brutality doesn’t end there. Not long ago, refugees who escaped Rakhine told that they hid in rice fields for days.
“Some didn't eat. Others ate only leaves they found in the forests on the hills surrounding the border,” said one refugee.
Slamming down all claims, Myanmar’s de facto leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi accused the international community of “stoking resentment between Buddhists and Muslims” in the country’s northwestern Rakhine state.
“I would appreciate it so much if the international community would help us to maintain peace and stability, and to make progress in building better relations between the two communities, instead of always drumming up cause for bigger fires of resentment,” she said.
Another unfortunate event emerged when a Rohingya activist, Ro Nay San Lwin, tweeted images of small bamboo huts with their fences removed by Burmese forces.
United States is "deeply troubled" by the findings of a United Nations report. However, the new administration of President Donald Trump has yet to outline its Myanmar policy.
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