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Myanmar ends clearance operations in Rakhine state

y Pyi Taw, Feb 16: The Myanmar government concluded “clearance operations” in Rakhine state, where the military had imposed a four-month blockade which prompted the UN to warn of possible crimes against humanity, the media reported on Thursday. The attack on three border posts last October in Maungdaw, bordering Bangladesh, which was subsequently attributed to Rohingya Muslim insurgents, led to the military’s reprisal campaign, Efe news reported. Human rights organisations have since denounced numerous rapes, tortures, robberies, house burnings and executions perpetrated by the uniformed men against the Rohingya minorities. However, the Myanmar Armed Forces and the government, led by de facto Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, have denied the allegations and claim that the military’s actions comply with the law. “The situation in northern Rakhine has now stabilised. The clearance operations undertaken by the military have ceased, the curfew has been eased and there remains only a police presence to maintain the peace,” said tiol Security Advisor Thaung Tun on Wednesday.

The tiol Security Advisor also reiterated the government’s commitment to investigating the allegations of abuses, which have not been clarified so far. “There can be no excuse for excessive force, for abuses of fundamental human rights and basic crimility. (IANS)

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