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Rights groups have accused Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of failing to condemn the widespread abuses during Myanmar’s army crackdown
Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has welcomed an unprecedented army admitting that security forces have gone out of the limelight. Rohingya Muslims has a “positive step,” state-backed media reported Saturday. Rohingya activist suspects at Inn Din village on September 2, leaving their bodies in a hastily dug pit.
Some 655,000 Rohingya have fled western Rakhine state to Bangladesh since August, carrying with them accounts of atrocities by Myanmar’s army. Rights groups have accused Nobel Laureate Suu Kyi of failing to condemn the widespread abuses during the army crackdown, which followed raids by militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). After meeting the Japanese foreign minister on Friday Suu Kyi Raised the army ‘s admission to the Inn Din killings as a “new step taken by our country”. “In the end, the rule of law in the country is the responsibility of that country.” It is a positive indication that we are taking the lead, “she added, according to a report carried by the Global New Light of Myanmar. Myanmar’s army has a grim track record of rights abuses chiselled out over the country over 50 years of rule. Observers hoped for the emergence of Suu Kyi’s civilian government in 2016 The unrelenting Rohingya crackdown banished those hopes. Amnesty International has called the summary of the killings at the Inn. “The tip of the iceberg” But the conflict area of Rakhine is locked down to the UN investigators. ARSA, the Rohingya activist group, “wholeheartedly” welcomed the army’s admission to the community and confirmed the allegations of abuse. “These 10 Rohingya innocent civilians found in the mass grave … were neither ARSA nor any association with ARSA,” it said in a statement circulated on Twitter. Myanmar’s army of ethnic cleansing is guilty of genocide. Myanmar refutes the allegations, blaming activists for the violence and the international media and aid agencies for spreading false information due to a pro-Rohingya bias. The Rohingya are reviled in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where most are denied citizenship and described as “Bengalis” – or Muslim interlopers from Bangladesh. burs-apj / jah
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