Three army officers accused of court martial in Myanmar

Myanmar’s court-martial has convicted three army officers of atrocities against the Rohingya in Rakhine. The office of Myanmar’s armed forces chief General Min Aung Laing has confirmed the conviction of three army officers in a military court trial on Tuesday.

The AFP news agency reported this afternoon that the Myanmar army’s chief of staff had not specified which three army officers had been convicted or what the punishment was.

At least 750,000 Rohingyas have been forced to flee to Bangladesh to save their lives.

So far, no army officer has been punished in Myanmar for atrocities against the Rohingya. In that case, the sentencing of three army officers in a court-martial is a rare occurrence.

In addition, Aung San Suu Kyi State Counsellor of Myanmar and former human rights icon defends Myanmar generals at ICJ over killings, rape and displacement.

Aung San Suu Kyi has shocked critics by travelling to The Hague to head her country’s delegation [The Associated Press]

Myanmar has always denied the atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Rakhine since August 25, 2017. At least 750,000 Rohingyas have been forced to flee to Bangladesh to save their lives since the killings, rapes and brutal torture as well as the massive burning of houses and villages. After repeatedly denying the allegations of atrocities, Myanmar authorities began prosecuting Rohingya atrocities in a court-martial in September last year.

Earlier, the Myanmar army sentenced some army members to two years in prison in 2018 for killing 10 Rohingya in the village of In Din in Rakhine. Convicted soldiers were released after less than a year in prison.

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