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

Myanmar's Rohingya report 'absurd', rights group says
From Al Jazeera - November 14, 2017

A Myanmar military report that said no Rohingya civilians were killed during a months-long crackdown is "absurd" and the International Criminal Court must now launch its own investigation, a human rights group said.

Myanmar's army released a reportlate on Monday that found "no deaths of innocent people" after deadly attacks by Rohingya rebels on several police posts in northern Rakhine state on August 25 sparked a brutal military campaign.

The army said 376 "terrorists" were killed in fighting after the August attacks. The crackdown led to the mass exodus ofabout 600,000 Muslim Rohingya civilians who fled the predominantly Buddhist country into neighbouring Bangladesh.

Many survivors in squalid camps inside Bangladesh - described as the world's worst refugee crisis - have reported mass killings, torture, and rapeagainst Rohingya children, women, and men.

"The Burmese military's absurd effort to absolve itself of mass atrocitiesunderscores why an independent international investigation is needed to establish the facts and identify those responsible," said Human Rights Watch's Brad Adams in a statementon Tuesday.

"The Burmese authorities have once again shown that they ca not and wo not credibly investigate themselves."

The United Nations has called the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar the world's most persecuted minority.

Jeremy Laurence, a UN spokesman, told a news conference on Tuesday their investigators in Bangladesh found ample evidence of the killing and torture of civilians in Myanmar.

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