Myanmar’s army chief has vehemently denied that his forces committed rape and other sexual abuses during a crackdown against the Rohingya Muslims in his discussions with the visiting delegation of diplomats from UN Security Council in the capital Naypyidaw on Monday.
According to a post on his official Facebook page, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said he received and held a talk with permanent envoys of the United Nations Security Council led by Mr. Gustavo Meza Cuadra Velasquez from Peru, at the meeting hall of Bayintnaung Villa in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday evening.
“Permanent envoys from the United Nations Security Council led by Mr. Gustavo Meza Cuadra Velasquez asked about the matters pertaining to security affairs in northern Rakhine State, Buthidaung and Maungtaw regions, the reacceptance of those who left for other country, cooperation with UN agencies, harmonious reentry and settlement, and the acts done by the Tatmadaw in accordance with the law”, the Facebook post stated.
“In replying to the questions, the Senior General said the Tatmadaw is following the disciplines strictly as it is a defence organization and the single Tatmadaw which represents the State Servicemen are abiding by the Tatmadaw acts and do their tasks under the international laws, rules and regulations. And, action is exactly taken against discipline breakers under the law. These situations happened in northern Rakhine State due to terror acts of extremist Bengali terrorists. Myanmar is ready to accept the Bengalis who left for other country, under the agreements between the two countries”, it said.
Absolutely denying any kind of sexual violence against the Rohingyas by the army, the Army chief said, “As the accused sexual violence is abominable on the ground of culture and religion of Myanmar, severe action is taken against the offenders. The Tatmadaw severely punishes those offenders in these cases. No sexual violence happened in the history of Myanmar Tatmadaw.”
Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh have provided consistent accounts of sexual violence.
The Rakhine State was the epicenter of the mass displacement crisis since August last year. According to the UNHCR, about 671,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh so far.