Burma's military government has dismissed as "patently false" an annual U.S. human rights report which accused the country's security forces of committing serious abuses.
The U.S. State Department report released Monday said what was already an extremely poor human rights situation in Burma has worsened.
The report said Burmese citizens are subject to arbitrary arrest, with many detained in secret. It alleged that security forces have raped, beaten, and otherwise abused detainees.
A Burmese Foreign Ministry statement issued Friday said the report was nothing more than a list of allegations and failed to reflect the true situation in the country.
The statement depicted the report as a politically-motivated attempt to maintain pressure on the country and to interfere in its domestic affairs.
Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.