Thursday, 18 January, 2018

Admitted killings just tip of iceberg - rights groups

A Myanmar soldier stands near Maungdaw in northern Rakhine state Myanmar on Sept. 27 2017 A Myanmar soldier stands near Maungdaw in northern Rakhine state Myanmar on Sept. 27 2017. Soe Zeya Tun—Reuters
Lillian Steele | 13 January, 2018, 00:59

This meant that "there were no conditions to transfer the 10 Bengali terrorists to the police station and so it was chose to kill them".

"Some villagers from Inn Din village and security forces confessed they killed 10 Bengali terrorists", a translation of the Facebook post said, according to Radio Free Asia.

In a statement on Facebook, Myanmar's military commander, Min Aung Hlaing, said the slain Rohingya were "Bengali terrorists" who were part of a larger group of 200 that attacked Myanmese soldiers with sticks and swords previous year.

More than 600,000 Rohingya, who are not recognised by the Myanmar government as one of the country's many ethnic groups, have fled to Bangladesh since August a year ago, when violence between armed Rohingya and Myanmar security forces prompted a severe crackdown.

The crackdown has rapidly spiraled into one of the worst human rights crises in the world, with more than 650,000 Rohingya fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh to escape government repression.

In November, Kono visited a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, southeastern Bangladesh, where Rohingya had fled.

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".

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

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".

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

The European Union and representatives of Muslim nations renewed calls for a broader worldwide investigation into violence in the western state of Rakhine, after the military said on Wednesday its soldiers had killed 10 captured Rohingya Muslim "terrorists" at the beginning of September.

Angry ethnic Rakhine Buddhist villagers, who had lost relatives in militant attacks, wanted to kill the captives, and stabbed them after forcing them into a grave on the outskirts of the village.

Both the United Nations and U.S. have stated that he military's action has amounted to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority in majority Buddhist Myanmar.

Its military's statement comes after a long denial of mischief towards the minority. 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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