Myanmar Detains Police Over Rohingya Abuse Video
Umer Jamshaid 4 years ago Mon 02nd January 2017 | 02:25 PM
YANGON, Jan 2, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 02nd Jan, 2017 ) - Myanmar's government on Monday said it has detained several police officers over a video apparently showing Rohingya civilians being beaten, a rare admission that authorities may have carried out abuses against the Muslim minority.
Tens of thousands of people from the persecuted ethnic group -- loathed by many of Myanmar's Buddhist majority -- have fled a military operation in Rakhine state launched after attacks on police posts in October.
However, on Monday authorities pledged to take action "against police who allegedly beat villagers during area clearance operations on 5 November in Kotankauk village". Suu Kyi's office named four officers who were involved in the operation including constable Zaw Myo Htike, who filmed the 'selfie-style' video.
"Those who (were) initially identified were detained," it said in a statement. "Further investigations are being carried out to expose other police officers who beat villagers in the operation." Dozens of videos have emerged apparently showing security forces abusing Rohingya, but this is the first time the government has said it will take action over them.