Nearly 600 arrested since beginning of Rohingya crackdown in Myanmar

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Nearly 600 arrested since beginning of Rohingya crackdown in Myanmar

Security forces have arrested almost 600 people since October during a crackdown on the Rohingya minority in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the office of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said in a statement on Friday.

"All detainees will get a court trial according to the constitution," government spokesperson Zaw Htay told dpa.

Since three border guard posts were attacked in early October, military and police have arrested 585 people on charges of terrorism.

Of these, 51 have been released and eight have died in detention due to "medical problems," according to the statement.

One man who confessed his involvement in the attacks was sentenced to death.

According to the UN, at least 69,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into Bangladesh after the Myanmar military swept into Rakhine state in October.

The Muslims, who accuse the Myanmar army of torture, killings, rapes and looting in the Buddhist-majority country, have been living in makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar on the border.

The UN special rapporteur for human rights, Yanghee Lee, will at the UN Human Rights Council meeting in March push for an investigation into the allegations that rights groups say amount to crimes against humanity.

Human rights watchdogs have regularly spoken of discrimination against the Rohingya Muslim minority, who are forced to live in camps or villages that they cannot leave freely.

The security operations in Rakhine state's conflict zone officially ended this week. "Because of the clearance operation the area is stable now," the statement claims.

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  • Reporting by: Verena Hoelzl in Yangon
  • Editing by: Mark Joseph Corrigan
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