Myanmar military behind torching of Rohingya villages

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Asia
Tuesday, 13 December 2016

On Tuesday, the New York-based rights body released Satellite imagery and interviews with witnesses, saying at least 1,500 buildings have been destroyed since October 2015 in Rakhine, home to a large number of Rohingya Muslims.

“The new findings refute the Myanmarese military and government’s claims that Rohingya militants were responsible for burning down their own villages,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at the rights group.

“The satellite imagery and eyewitness interviews clearly point the finger at the military for setting these buildings ablaze,” he added.

The statement further said that the exact number of burnt houses could be higher as dense jungles in the region might have concealed some destroyed buildings, adding that the pattern of burnings suggests a “systematic building destruction” had been on Naypyidaw’s agenda.

“It’s difficult to believe that militants burned down over 300 buildings” in just one particular area over a one-month time span “while Myanmarese security forces stood there and watched,” Adams noted, adding, “Myanmarese government officials have been caught out by this satellite imagery, and it's time they recognize their continued denials lack credibility.”

The bloody crackdown on the Muslims by the military has now prompted an international outcry, posing the biggest challenge to Suu Kyi since her National League for Democracy party won elections last year.

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