Myanmar is committing crimes against humanity in its campaign against Muslim insurgents in Rakhine state, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, and called for the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and an arms embargo.
A government spokesman rejected the accusation, saying there was no evidence and the government was committed to protecting rights.
Myanmar has also rejected UN accusations that its forces are engaged in ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in response to co-ordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on the security forces on Aug. 25. It says its forces are fighting terrorists responsible for attacking the police and the army, for killing civilians and for torching villages.
The military campaign has sent 480,000 refugees fleeing to Bangladesh since Aug. 25, most of them Rohingya. International aid bodies said on Tuesday the figure had risen because 35,000 new arrivals had not been included in a previous tally.
Human Rights Watch have accused the security forces and Buddhist vigilantes of trying …