Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Myanmar military says soldiers murdered 10 captured Rohingya

Myanmar military says soldiers murdered 10 captured Rohingya

"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 from Rakhine State since last August".

ARSA did not say where leader Ata Ullah was but Myanmar suspects the insurgents flee into Bangladesh then slip back into Myanmar to launch attacks. The statement went on to claim that the soldiers involved were responding to provocations but added that they would be dealt with by the military.

Prosecutors in Myanmar formally charged two journalists from the Reuters news agency on Wednesday with violating the Official Secrets Act, signalling the case will go forward despite global condemnation. He has since covered similar stories of wrongdoing by Myanmar's military.

"We are disappointed by today's decision to pursue charges against Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo under the Official Secrets Act".

"My sister saw with her own eyes in her village that the Myanmar army and [ethnic] Rakhine extremists set fires and killed people", Saw Hlaing said.

"I am trying to be strong in everything".

The government has said two police officers were also arrested for investigation under suspicion of having violated the Official Secrets Act.

Distraught relatives of Kyaw Soe Oo wailed and reached out to grasp him as the two journalists were driven away from a throng of reporters after the hearing.

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Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are not the first journalists to be charged under a colonial-era law in the last 12 months.

Reuters said it was "extremely disappointed" that the authorities were seeking to prosecute.

Reuters' editor-in-chief, Stephen J. Adler, called the move "a wholly unwarranted, blatant attack on press freedom". "Our colleagues should be allowed to return to their jobs reporting on events in Myanmar".

"ARSA has.no other option but to combat "Burmese state-sponsored terrorism" against the Rohingya population for the goal of defending, salvaging and protecting the Rohingya community", the group said in a statement signed by leader Ata Ullah and posted on Twitter.

"The judge will decide whether they are guilty or not according to the law", he told Reuters. "We hear of high levels of toxic fear in children from both Rohingya and Rakhine communities", she said.

Until now the military and government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has staunchly rebutted overwhelming and extensively documented evidence of atrocities by the United Nations, independent researchers and media outlets, including Fairfax Media. "We call for their immediate release".

"There is deep concern and it is very worrying to see that press freedom in Myanmar is really declining", he told Al Jazeera from France's capital, Paris.

Kyaw Soe Aung added that the Myanmar government must also implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, a body led by former United Nations head Kofi Annan that called for reviews of the country's Citizenship Law and for an end to restrictions on the Rohingya to prevent further violence in the region. The Times reports the two Reuters journalists now in custody had been investigating the circumstances surrounding that same grave.

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