Denying genocide in Myanmar: ‘Rumours and hearsay’ | UpFront (Headliner)

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  • In January the International Court of Justice ordered Myanmar to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. Myanmar’s government rejected the ruling, saying it was based on a “distorted picture of the situation”.

    According to the UN, at least 10,000 people have been killed and more than 700,000 have fled Rakhine state since the Myanmar military’s crackdown began in 2017. Thousands of Rohingya women and girls have been raped, and around 300 villages burnt to the ground.

    The former spokesman of Myanmar’s de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is dismissing the allegations, describing them as “one-sided”.

    “Most of the international people live in the rumours, hearsay,” Nyo Ohn Myint said.

    “This is a political accusation … because you know, they just joined the bandwagon,” he added.

    Nyo Ohn Myint also questioned the evidence gathered by the international community – which has been denied access to Rakhine state by Myanmar’s government.

    “When I read the US State Department report that said the Rohingya women were raped by soldiers and surrounded by hundreds of soldiers, it looked like the very, you know … third-class Hollywood movie,” he said.

    Nyo Ohn Myint suggested that some of the women who gave accounts of their rape to Amnesty International were lying.

    “I don’t know because if I, if I look at her eye, maybe she was true or maybe she was lying,” he said.

    This week’s Headliner, Aung San Suu Kyi’s former spokesperson, Nyo Ohn Myint.

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