Myanmar Army again denies abuses against Rohingya

Myanmar Army again denies abuses against Rohingya

Myanmar Army again denies abuses against Rohingya

It said it had found no instances where its soldiers had shot and killed Rohingya villagers, raped women or tortured prisoners. Human rights organisations have branded it a "whitewash".

In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday night condemned the "inhuman" treatment of the Rohingya people, which she said "looks like ethnic cleansing". However, it is unusual for figures such as him, who are against the Rohingya, to be arrested in Myanmar.

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a counter-insurgency clearance operation in Rakhine State that a top United Nations official has called a classic case of "ethnic cleansing".

More than 200 have drowned making the attempt in the past couple of months and Bangladesh border guards have clamped down on fishermen who Rohingya were paying to take them across.

Amnesty International's regional director for Southeast Asia James Gomez said in a statement that "once again, Myanmar's military is trying to sweep serious violations against the Rohingya under the carpet ... it has no intention of ensuring accountability - it's now up to the global community to step up to ensure these appalling abuses do not go unpunished".

The White House also said that the two leaders spoke about human rights, though a spokesman for Duterte, who has allegedly ordered thousands of extrajudicial killings as part of his war on drugs, denied that.

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The Nobel peace prize victor has failed to speak out strongly over the Rohingya's plight.

Late on Monday Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the ongoing humanitarian crisis can likely cause regional instability and radicalization.

"I can not hide my deep concern with the dramatic movement of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh", Guterres told leaders including Suu Kyi.

Trudeau said he would nominate a Canadian special envoy to the region to "engage in diplomatic efforts, and identify ways in which Canada can support the response to the situation and the plight of the Rohingya minority". He also met with Suu Kyi last week to call for a "sustainable and just solution" to the Rohingya crisis.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was scheduled for a one-day visit to Burma on Wednesday, where he was expected to press for an end to violence in the Rakhine during meetings with Suu Kyi and the powerful Tatmadaw chief Min Aung Hlaing.

"They're still coming, risking their lives, driven by fears of starvation and violence", Shariful Azam, a police official in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, a narrow spit of land where the world's most urgent humanitarian crisis is unfolding.

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