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Burma staged ‘well-planned’ atrocities against Rohingya, says US State Dept

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BURMA’S (Myanmar) military staged a “well-planned and coordinated” campaign of mass killings, gang rapes and other atrocities against the minority Muslim Rohingya population in the country, a US government investigation found.

The US State Department report ahead of its scheduled release on Monday could be used to impose sanctions or take other punitive measures against the Southeast Asian country, US officials told Reuters.

“The survey reveals that the recent violence in northern Rakhine State was extreme, large-scale, widespread, and seemingly geared toward both terrorizing the population and driving out the Rohingya residents,” according to the 20-page report.

“The scope and scale of the military’s operations indicate they were well-planned and coordinated.”

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However, the report stopped short of describing the crackdown as genocide or crime against humanity. The officials said the labelling of the alleged crimes committed were a subject of heated debate that delayed the release of the report for a month.

The report involved more than a thousand interviews of Rohingya men and women in refugee camps in neighbouring........

© Asian Correspondent