Myanmar’s military denied any wrongdoing against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, acquitting itself of responsibility for widespread reports of murder, rape and destruction in the west of the country.
In an internal report, the military put blame on the members of the Rohingya militant group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ASRA), with which it has been fighting since August 25.
Over 600,000 people have fled the state since the beginning of the conflict. Myanmar, led by the de facto leadership of Nobel laureate Aung Sang Suu Kyi, has put heavy restrictions on access to the conflict areas.
“Once again, Myanmar’s military is trying to sweep serious violations against the Rohingya under the carpet,” said James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
“There is overwhelming evidence that the military has murdered and raped Rohingya and burned their villages to the ground. 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,” he said.