Myanmar Says No Crimes Against Humanity or Ethnic Cleansing in Rakhine Violence — “People With Eyes have Seen”

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YANGON, Myanmar — The Myanmar government’s inquiry into violence in northern Rakhine state last year that forced tens of thousands of Muslim Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh and led to U.N. accusations of crimes against humanity by the army has concluded that no such crimes happened.

Speaking at the release of the Rakhine Investigative Commission’s final report, Vice President Myint Swe said Sunday that “there is no evidence of crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights claimed.”

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A protest march against Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Kolkata, India, this month. Photograph: Rupak de Chowdhuri/Reuters

He also denied charges that there had been gang rapes by the military as it swept through Rohingya villages in a security clearance operation.


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