Published November 17, 2012
BANGKOK – A leading international rights group is accusing Myanmar security forces of supporting some of the brutal anti-Muslim violence last month that forced 35,000 people from torched homes.
The allegations come one day before President Barack Obama visits Myanmar after a year and a half of unprecedented democratic reforms in the country.
Human Rights Watch says soldiers in some parts of western Rakhine state tried to stop Buddhist attacks and protect Muslim civilians, known as Rohingya.
But the group says Myanmar needs to do much more to protect the stateless minority, who are denied citizenship because they're considered foreigners from Bangladesh.
The New York-based rights group released new satellite imagery Sunday detailing extensive destruction of Muslim areas across Rakhine state.
There was no immediate comment from Myanmar's government on the allegations.