Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Insurgents attack Myanmar soldiers in Rakhine, wounding 6

Rohingya refugee woman is consoled after receiving news that her husband was killed in Myanmar Rohingya refugee woman is consoled after receiving news that her husband was killed in Myanmar
Erik Tate | 13 January, 2018, 00:56

Ten Rohingya in the group were captured and executed, according to an internal investigation that was launched after a mass grave was located last month.

"It is true that both the villagers and security forces admitted they killed the 10 Bengali terrorists", the military statement said.

Myanmar insists that the Rohingya minority are illegal migrants from Bangladesh, hence the references to "Bengalis" in official statements.

More than 650,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 after Myanmar's security forces launched what the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing in the country's Rakhine state.

"Action will be taken according to the law against villagers who were involved and security members who broke the Rules of Engagement", the post added.

Asked if the revelations about the killing at the village of Inn Din, about 50km north of the state capital Sittwe, could be a concern for refugees who are being asked to return, Suu Kyi said: "Some people might be afraid, but this is not something that has happened right now".

In its account of the Inn Din massacre the army chief's office said security forces captured 10 Rohingya militants before killing them as violence engulfed the village and its surrounding area.

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"We have made a decision to provide the aid in response to the agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to represent an worldwide message of support so that the repatriation can be carried out promptly", said Foreign Ministry official Shinobu Yamaguchi in a statement.

The head of Myanmar's government and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi has failed to recognize the crimes committed against the Rohingya people, denying charges of "ethnic cleansing".

Although the Rohingya consider themselves an ethnic minority of Myanmar, numerous Buddhist majority consider them illegal foreigners from Bangladesh.

Villagers had dug a pit and the men were ordered to enter it, where they were shot by the security forces.

Myanmar's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has no control over the military, but has faced fierce worldwide criticism for failing to do more to protect the Rohingya.

"This grisly admission is a sharp departure from the army's policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing", said James Gomez, Amnesty's regional director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, following the military's announcement.

"However, it is only the tip of the iceberg and warrants serious independent investigation into what other atrocities were committed amid the ethnic cleansing campaign that has forced out more than 655,000 Rohingya", the rights group said in a statement.

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