Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Insurgents attack Myanmar soldiers in Rakhine, wounding 6

Insurgents attack Myanmar soldiers in Rakhine, wounding 6

Myanmar's military acknowledged Wednesday that its security forces and Buddhist villagers killed 10 Rohingya Muslims whose bodies were found in a mass grave in a village in troubled Rakhine state.

"The military's acknowledgment that the security forces were involved in the killing of these 10 individuals is an important step", Ambassador Scot Marciel said in a forum on media freedom with journalism students and reporters in the main city Yangon.

The Tatmadaw, as the Burmese army is known, reported last month that it had recovered ten...

"It was found that there were no conditions to transfer the 10 Bengali terrorists to the police station and so it was chose to kill them". They are widely called "Bengalis" and are accused of migrating illegally from Bangladesh.

Matthew Smith, co-founder and chief executive of Fortify Rights, said the group, based in Bangkok, had documented similar atrocities across the northern Rakhine State, where a military crackdown prompted by Rohingya militant attacks has driven more than 650000 Rohingya to flee the country.

"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.

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Refugees who have fled in their hundreds of thousands to Bangladesh have given consistent accounts of massacres, rape and torture by Myanmar security forces flanked by ethnic Rakhine mobs.

The United Nations' top human rights official in September described the Myanmar army's crackdown against the Rohingya Muslim minority as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

After being informed that there was a mass grave found near Inn Din village's cemetery, a team of five investigators led by Lt-Gen Aye Win from the office of commander-in-chief of Defense Services probed the case in December previous year.

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. Then members of the security forces shot them dead, the military said.

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

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