].>> A top rights group says senior military officials in Myanmar should face trial for crimes against humanity over the treatment of Rohingya minorities. Amnesty International released a report into Myanmar's military on Tuesday that says the country's officials committed crimes against humanity. And asks for members of the country's military to be referred to the International Criminal Court.
>> Make absolutely no mistake, these are crimes against humanity. We are talking about rape, murder, torture, forced starvation, the use of land mines, and targeted large scale burning of villages.>> About 700,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from largely Buddhist Myanmar since a military crackdown last August.
The UN's called the crackdown a, quote, textbook example of ethnic cleansing. Amnesty said their investigation identified 13 specific Myanmar individuals who Amnesty claims are responsible.>> The atrocities committed against the Rohingya implicate every level of the Myanmar military.>> A spokesman for the Myanmar government was not available for comment.
Myanmar has repeatedly denied the allegations, and says their armed forces were responding to attacks from Rohingya militants. A separate Reuters investigation published this week gave a comprehensive account of the roles played by two light infantry divisions in the offensive. The report used information gleaned from social media posts to detail the actions of elite troops in Rakhine State and how closely tied those troops are to the most senior ranks of the country's military.
Meanwhile, two Reuters journalist who were jailed in December in Myanmar remain in prison in Yangon. They were jailed while reporting on the killing of ten Rohingya men and boys by Rakhine Buddhists and security forces.>> The reporters face up to 14 years in Prison for allegedly violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act.