Several rights groups, including the Human Rights Watch (HRW), have accused Myanmar of attempting to cover up abuses committed by the country’s government forces against Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine.

A government-led commission in Myanmar released a report that has flatly rejected allegations of genocide and abuses by the country’s security forces against Rohingya Muslims.

The report has sparked harsh criticism from rights groups.

“There were no cases of genocide and religious persecution,” the report said.

“The investigation panel had so far found insufficient evidence for legal action on allegations of rape by soldiers,” it added.

The deputy director of the Asia Division at the Human Rights Watch Phil Robertson has said that the panel was “looking more and more like the Myanmar government whitewash mechanism that we feared it would be.”

“Judging by what is written in this interim report, the commission has so far acted to discount out of hand what it calls ‘external allegations’ rather than seriously investigate them and risk uncovering the litany of rights violations against the Rohingya,” he pointed out.

The organization also described the report as “methodologically flawed” adding that it is a “classic example of pre-baked political conclusions to assert the situation is not so bad, designed to push back against international community pressure.”