Web Desk (24 News) — ‘There is no ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State’, reiterated Myanmar’s National Security Advisor Thaung Tun at a conference of diplomatic missions and UN officials in the capital city of Yangon (Rangoon) on Tuesday, 24 News HD reports.
The government official’s statement comes during an intense military crackdown in the north-western state of Rakhine against the minority Rohingya Muslim community. The military operation has displaced almost 100,000 people and forced nearly 75,000 to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.
— Voice of Rohingya (@VoiceRohingya) April 9, 2017
UN reports have continuously indicated the existence of genocide against the Rohingya instigated by the military and religiously motivated groups. A UN report in February stated that the military had committed mass killings and gang rapes, amounting to war crimes against the Rohingya.
Myanmar’s popular leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has been widely criticized for her inability to condemn or mention the brutalities being inflicted on the minority Rohingyas, while the leader continues to strategically ignore the pleas of the Rohingya. Her silence is seen as a nod of approval for these atrocities being carried out against the minority community.
The UNHCR agreed earlier in the month of March to send a fact –finding and humanitarian team to Myanmar to investigate the authenticity of the claims, but the move has so far been vehemently opposed by Myanmar’s government.
The NSA stated in his briefing that his government would appreciate if the world would stop meddling in its affairs, and would carry out an internal investigation into the matter on its own terms. He also said that strict action would be taken if a case of wrong doing is found to have happened.
— Haikal Mansor (@HaikalMansor) April 5, 2017
The main issue is that of land claims by ethnic Buddhists in the Rakhine state, who allege illegal occupation by the Rohingya. The resulting clashes left thousands of Rohingya Muslims dead and forced them to live in concentration camps where they have been living under apartheid like conditions since 2012.