military on Wednesday denied "one-sided accusations" made by British lawmakers in a letter to the EU Foreign Affairs Council recently detailing major human rights abuses against minority Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.
Separately, the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said it was concerned about people living just inside Myanmar at its border with Bangladesh.
Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled military operations to Bangladesh, bringing with them tales of killings, rape, and arson by Myanmar security forces.
"We have been told by Rohingya who fled from the no man's land that the security forces have been threatening them by shooting guns in the air, throwing stones at them and shouting at them to get out of the area", said Ko Ko Lin, a Rohingya activist in Bangladesh.
Myanmar's military has largely closed off the north of Rakhine state to journalists, diplomats and most aid organisations apart from brief chaperoned trips.
Rights groups and the United Nations have warned that conditions for their return are not close to being in place.
Living conditions for refugees remain extremely hard despite a growing worldwide response, but the United Nations refugee agency said the threat from elephants had emerged as a new concern.
An estimated 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed by security forces joined by Buddhist mobs in the first month of the crackdown alone, according to Doctors without Borders.
Gilmour said the rate of killings and sexual violence in Rakhine has subsided since August and September past year, but "It appears that widespread and systematic violence against the Rohingya persists".
A recent report in The Irrawaddy claimed that at least 90 percent of the state's Rohingya population have fled.
Rights groups say that is the tip of the iceberg from a force with a grim history of abuses around the country and open hostility towards the Rohingya. Myanmar's Buddhist majority is often accused of subjecting them to discrimination and violence.
Myanmar's civilian government, led by former democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, lacks control over the military but has been castigated by rights groups for failing to speak out in defence of the Rohingya.