The Myanmar central government has consistently denied its soldiers have systematically used rape as a weapon of war against ethnic minorities. But according to numerous reports, despite recent political reforms, Myanmar's army has continued to rape, torture and kill civilians of the ethnic minorities.
In 2011, pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said: ''Rape is used in my country as a weapon against those who only want to live in peace, who only want to assert their basic human rights. It is used as a weapon by armed forces to intimidate the ethnic nationalities and to divide our country.''
President Thein Sein has denied the allegations, instead stating in October 2012 that, ''our military is very disciplined, there is no reason for the military to commit acts of rape or murder''. As long as the central government does not acknowledge the gross human rights violations systematically committed by its military, there will be no genuine peace between the Myanmar people and the ethnic minorities.
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