Naypyidaw: The government of Myanmar has said that it will probe a video that came out in which police officers are brutally beating members of the Rohingya muslim community.
The incident was reportedly filmed by one of the police officers back in November in Rakhine State according to the government of Myanmar.
In the video it is shown that villagers in large numbers are sitting in front of police officers and one of the officers is beating a villager. Another police officer comes and kicks the villager in his face, then they proceed to hit other villagers as well.
Violence against the Rohingya muslim community is not uncommon in Myanmar and it has been going on for quite some time now, some human rights organisations have even said that this violence amounts to ethnic cleansing.
According to the State Counsellor’s Office Information Committee investigation will be carried out to find the culprits and they will be punished according to the law for violating the police rules.
Aung Saan Suu Kyi the leader of Myanmar had previously said that her government was following the rule of law, however, the state of Rakhine has been closed to investigator, journalists and human rights organisations.
There are an estimated one million Rohingya muslims but they are considered illegal migrants from Bangladesh by the rest of the country which as Buddhist majority.
The situation started to deteriorate after 2012 when communal violence broke out, many Rohingya muslims were killed and almost 100,000 were displaced. A large number of those displaced people are still living in decrepit camps.
Most probably the Myanmar government will claim that this incident was a misdemeanour but this is just a single incident, according to the Rohingya muslims such violent incidents happen constantly and the military is punishing the entire community collectively.
Unfortunately many members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government have labelled the incident as fake news even though it is the government that has refused journalists to enter the region.
Just last week a group of Nobel laureates have signed an open letter to the United Nations urging it to take action, but whether or not the UN decides to interfere or not is yet to be seen.