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Burma government finds 'no evidence' of Rohingya rape, murder and arson

The commission examined the deadly violence which began in Rakhine State in October previous year after attacks by Rohingya militants on police posts near the Bangladesh border.

Myanmar's government has denied accusations that its security forces killed and raped Rohingya villagers during its "clearance operations".

Myanmar Vice President Myint Swe said there is no evidence of crimes against humanity or ethnic cleansing while presenting the result of his government's investigation Sunday, according to the state-run daily The Global New Light of Myanmar.

Rohingya villages also continue to be raided.

Instead any "excessive actions" were likely committed by low-rank "individual members of the security forces".

According to the United Nations report, which was based on personal testimonies, security forces burned over 1,000 homes during the crackdown and committed assaults in front of young children as a form of psychological torture.

The commission conceded that foreign media and NGOs should have been granted access to the zone during the conflict to dispel "misconceptions".

The country's own 13-member investigation team - led by former head of military intelligence and now Vice President, Myint Swe - has been dismissed by human rights monitors as lacking independence to produce a credible report.

"Granting entry to the [UN team] would send a signal that the government is prepared to work collaboratively with the worldwide community to help identify perpetrators of serious crimes, and deter future crimes by all parties to Myanmar's armed conflicts", he said.

The Myanmar army responded to the attack, which was attributed to a Rohingya rebel group called Harakah al-Yaqin, with a large-scale security operation that led to at least 74,000 Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh.

Roughly one million of the Muslim group are hemmed into the impoverished border zone near Bangladesh, which remains locked down and under curfew.

"Police had to fire around 40-50 warning shots as the mob attacked with sling shots, sticks and knives", the statement said, adding military columns were moving into the village as night fell.

On Thursday, the government said that six Buddhists were killed and two other villagers are missing in Kaigyi village in Maungdaw township, also in Rakhine state.



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