MYANMAR VIOLENCE: TRAGEDY OF THE MUSLIM ROHINGYA CONTINUES.AUNG SAN SUU KYI DENIES ETHNIC CLEANSING ROHINGYAS.
Government forces killed, raped Rohingya in Myanmar,government forces stood by while Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists were slain in devastating rounds of violence and retribution, then joined in by killing, raping and rounding up the Rohingya, Human Rights Watch said in a new report on the devastating sectarian attacks.As the long-isolated country takes steps toward reform and gains increasing acceptance abroad, human rights activists and analysts have warned that ethnic tensions are one of its most stubborn problems and must be addressed before the country can forge a sustainable peace.Violence exploded in June after a Buddhist woman was reportedly raped by Muslim men, sparking a deadly cycle of attacks and reprisals as mobs from both Rakhine and Rohingya communities ransacked villages and killed their people. Witnesses on both sides told the group that security forces had failed to protect them in the early days of the attacks. Policemen walk toward burning buildings in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar.Rohingya Muslims fleeing their burning village. Myanmar, also known as Burma, views its Rohingya population as illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.Residents and rights groups accuse security forces of abuses during the operation including summary executions and rape, which the government of Aung San Suu Kyi denies.In footage shared widely on social media and aired by Myanmar broadcasters, several policemen appeared to beat and kick two villagers during an operation in which dozens of Rohingya Muslims were told to line up for questioning.
Burma Army Troops Killed and Burned Four Kachin Villagers,walked toward burning buildings in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar.
Burmese Army’s 502nd Light Infantry Regiment (LIR) troops under Kyauk Me-based 1st Military Operations Command killed and torched 4 Kachin villagers near Manlun Ban Hkan village in Nampaka, located between Kut Kai and Muse in northern Shan State.
Rohingya Muslims fleeing their burning village. Myanmar, also known as Burma, views its Rohingya population as illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.
Suu Kyi's office confirmed the authenticity of the footage, which it said was shot by a member of the police during a clearance operation on Nov. 5 in northern Rakhine State."Action will be taken against police who allegedly beat villagers," the office said in a statement issued late on Sunday.Police were acting on a tip-off that gunmen who attacked police two days earlier were being sheltered in the village, called Kotankauk, the office said.The office identified four policemen by name, including the leader of the operation and one it said could be seen beating villagers in the video."Further investigations are being carried out to expose other police officers who beat the villagers," it said.A senior police officer in the capital of Naypyitaw told Reuters authorities detained four policemen on Monday on suspicion they were involved in the beating. The officer declined to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to media.The violence in Rakhine State has renewed international criticism that Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi has done too little to help members of the Muslim minority, who are denied citizenship in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.The government has blamed militants with links to Islamists overseas for the Oct. 9 attacks. State media has reported at least 86 deaths in the security force operation that followed.As it edges toward reform, Myanmar has halted hostilities with some ethnic rebels, but the Rohingya are in effect excluded from citizenship and remain victims of systemic discrimination.
Armed military troops and police force travel in trucks through Maungdaw, located in Rakhine State, as the government announced that terror groups were behind the series of attacks Towns and villages across northern Rakhine state were deserted , as terrified residents fled a deadly military crackdown on foot and by air, fearing Myanmar's restive western state could once again be ripped apart by violence.
Some 80 People Killed, Tens of Thousands Displaced Following Ethnic Violence.Northern Rakhine, which is home to the Muslim Rohingya minority and borders Bangladesh, has been under military.
Rohingya Muslims continue to flee the Myanmar army.