A national-level commission investigating accusations of abuse of Rohingya Muslims during a security crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state has received information contrary to accounts of the violence detailed in a report by the United Nations, a member of the commission said Tuesday.
The 13-member government-appointed commission began its current six-day fact-finding mission to the northern part of Rakhine state on Feb. 10 to look into a reports of security forces killing, raping, and committing other abuses against Rohingya who live in townships now under lockdown.
Members of a Myanmar investigation commission looking into recent violence in Rakhine state’s Maungdaw township set out on a six-day fact-finding mission on Friday to investigate United Nations allegations of human rights violations of Rohingya Muslims by security forces.
Myanmar’s foreign affairs ministry said on Thursday the government will conduct an investigation of the crisis in Rakhine state following accusations by the United Nations that security forces committed serious human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims who live there.
Based on interviews with more than 200 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the U.N. report issued on Feb. 3 said the military’s actions “very likely amounted to ethnic cleansing,” though Myanmar's government and military have largely dismissed allegations of abuse against the Muslim minority.
A joint committee overseeing the drafting process of the framework for political dialogue in Myanmar on Monday suspended regional-level discussions by two ethnic minority groups in the run-up to the second meeting of nationwide peace talks scheduled for the end of February.
The Myanmar government’s Peace Commission has invited the rebel Kachin Independence Organization whose army is engaged in hostilities with the government military to the commercial capital Yangon for peace negotiations, KIO vice chairman General Gwan Maw said Wednesday.
Government peace envoy Tin Myo Win “told us in his letter to come to Yangon if we want to have political talks,” Gwan Maw told RFA’s Myanmar Service.