Army ready to deal with human rights allegations, Senior General says

Aung Ye Ko
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing receives the Qatari Ambassador to Myanmar
The Myanmar Army has been working to overcome allegations about human rights for the past five years and is ready to deal with any such challenges, the commander-in-chief of Defence Services said on Thursday.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing made this remark on Thursday, when he received HE Mr Hassan Bin Mohamed Rafei Al-Emadi, the Qatari Ambassador to Myanmar, at Bayinnaung Yeiktha in Nay Pyi Taw.
Also present at the meeting were General Mya Tun Oo, Military Chief of General Staff, plus high-ranking officials from the Office of Commander-in-Chief, and political attaché Mr Nazar Fadol. 
“The Tatmadaw is working together with the government to overcome the challenges resulting from human rights allegations after 2011,” Min Aung Hlaing said.
The Senior General said he was delighted Qatar had opened an embassy in Myanmar and its ambassador discharged diplomatic duties. 
The Tatmadaw had been eagerly trying to achieve success in its push for peace, he said. It had a real attitude of making peace with opposition organisations, but it is still needed to build trust. There had also been allegations about human rights [violations]. 
“The Tatmadaw is providing humanitarian supplies to the IDPs [internally displaced people] who fled clashes in the north of the country. The military code of conduct was also prescribed. 
“If there are human right violations, the Tatmadaw is ready to deal with them,” the Senior General said. 
“It requires us to correctly register the main facts in the Rakhine issue. Appropriate rights should be given to those [people] who have already made [identity] registrations,” he said. 
“The Tatmadaw has no record of human right violations in this region. If there were human right violations [in the crackdown in Rakhine State], legal action will be taken against [those who have done this]. 
“The Tatmadaw will not forgive attempts to destabilise the country at a time it is trying to see peace and stability inside the country,” Min Aung Hlaing said. 
Hassan Bin Mohamed Rafei Al-Emadi, the Qatari Ambassador to Myanmar, said Myanmar had difficulties in its peace process. Under the pretext of human rights, external pressure was being putting on the country. 
The OIC meeting held recently in Malaysia put pressure on Myanmar, he said. In this regard, ways of putting pressure should be proper and suitable time should be given. Any assistance needed would be given to the peace process. 
He hoped that Myanmar’s affairs would be stable and peaceful.
Translated by Win Htut