Myanmar military denies atrocities against Rohingya, replaces general

Pope Francis is seen silhouetted at the Vatican on 11 November 2017

On Monday, Suu Kyi said at the summit with her Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) counterparts that she was willing to receive worldwide aid for the Rohingya and is prepared to begin the process of repatriation of the over 614,000 members of the minority group who have fled to Bangladesh after violence erupted late August in Rakhine state.

Accusations of organised mass rape and other crimes against humanity were leveled at the Myanmar military on Sunday by another senior United Nations official, who had toured camps in Bangladesh where Rohingya refugees have taken shelter. "He wasn't moved into any position at present".

He said the transfer was ordered on November 10 and Brigadier General Soe Tint Naing had been appointed as the new head of Western Command.

The U.N. humanitarian office said Tuesday that the number of Rohingya who have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25 has risen to 618,000. The internal investigation put the number of fighters involved in the attacks at over 10,000, more than doubling an earlier official estimate.

Myanmar's government does not allow independent journalists to travel freely to the parts of Rakhine state where most of the latest violence has taken place.

They have also denied access to the conflict zone by independent observers to investigate accounts by Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh of widespread abuses by the Myanmar army.

"When I return to NY, I will brief and raise the issue with the prosecutor and president of the ICC whether they (Myanmar's military) can be held responsible for these atrocities", Patten said.

"Rape is an act and a weapon of genocide", she said.

The military, known as the Tatmadaw, has also been widely accused of mass rape, looting, torching villages and other crimes against humanity. "We appeal to the South African public to assist".

"Myanmar specifically said one, they are in process of attending to Kofi Annan report".

As people fleeing violence in Myanmar relate the horrors of escaping military violence, Myanmar army released a report late night Monday in which it concluded there were "no deaths of innocent people".

It also blamed the militants for setting fire to the villages and frightening and coercing people to leave their homes. Three generals are members of the cabinet.

Aye Lwin, a member of the government-appointed Advisory Commission on Rakhine State led by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan noted that State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has been working on implementing the commission's recommendations and repatriating refugees living in displacement camps in Bangladesh. The International Rescue Committee, a New York-based aid agency, reckons that around two-thirds of an estimated 300,000 Rohingya remaining in Myanmar could head across the border in the coming months.

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