Myanmar's Rohingya report 'absurd', rights group says

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Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday hit back at accusations that she has been silent over the Rohingya crisis, saying she has focused on speaking in a way that does not inflame tensions.

"There is overwhelming evidence that the military has murdered and raped Rohingya and burned their villages to the ground", Amnesty said in a statement released on Monday evening.

More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Buddhist-majority Myanmar's Rakhine State that a top United Nations official has described as a textbook case of "ethnic cleansing".

But he said if there was credible and reliable information on abuses by individuals they could be targeted by sanctions. Tillerson will also meet other members of the Myanmar government and the head of the armed forces, Min Aung Hlaing, to propose actions and address the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine state and to offer U.S. support in the democratic transition of the Asian country, reports Efe news. A panel chaired by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged Myanmar to consider rules to allow the Rohingya to obtain citizenship. "State security forces opened fire on men, women and children at close range and at a distance and from land and helicopters", the report said.

Late on Monday Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the ongoing humanitarian crisis can likely cause regional instability and radicalization.

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Roque said Suu Kyi did not refer to the Rohingya by name. But what I say is not meant to be exciting. "(Tillerson) express concerns over the violence and insecurity affecting the Rohingya and other local populations and discuss ways to help (Myanmar) end the crisis and chart a productive way forward", a State Department spokesperson told reporters in Manila on Tuesday.

"These crimes thrive on impunity and inaction, " said Matthew Smith, the head of Fortify Rights.

In a statement issued late Monday, the military said it had interviewed thousands of people during a monthlong investigation into the conduct of troops in western Rakhine state after Rohingya insurgents launched a series of deadly attacks there on August 25. The military said it had interviewed thousands of people during a monthlong investigation into the conduct of troops in Rakhine after Rohingya insurgents launched a series of deadly attacks there on Aug 25.

The report contradicts consistent statements from Rohingya refugees now in Bangladesh - some with gunshot wounds and severe burns - who have described massacres, rapes, looting and the burning of hundreds of villages by Myanmar's army and civilian mobs.

While the report acknowledged that battles against militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, or ARSA, had left 376 "terrorists" dead, it also claimed security forces had "never shot at the innocent Bengalis" and "there was no death of innocent people".

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