Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Soldiers and police to face action over killings in Myanmar

Soldiers and police to face action over killings in Myanmar

The UN has accused Myanmar security forces of driving the Muslim minority across the border in an ethnic cleansing campaign.

The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre was what prompted the arrest of two of its reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were detained on December 12 past year for allegedly obtaining confidential documents.

Yanghee Lee, the United Nations human rights investigator for Myanmar who has been barred from visiting the Rohingya areas, echoed that call and added in a tweet: "Independent & credible investigation needed to get to the bottom of the Inn Din massacre".

Since last August, over 688,000 Rohingya people have fled slaughter in Myanmar to go to Bangladesh, joining around 340,000 Rohingya who had previously fled.

It included photographs of the victims, hands bound kneeling on the floor before the killing - and of their bodies in a pit after.

The account marked the first time soldiers and paramilitary police have been implicated by testimony from security personnel in arson and killings in the north of Rakhine state that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said details of the Inn Din massacre highlights the urgent need for Myanmar authorities to cooperate with an independent investigation.

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Paet said that the European Union, member state and the worldwide public must also increase their financial and material contribution to help the Rohingya refugees.

There was no comment from the government following the publication of the report.

The military said in January the 10 slain Rohingya men belonged to a group of 200 "terrorists" who had attacked security forces. The next hearing is scheduled for Feb.14.

"It is vital the public knows what happened and the world knows what happened in Rakhine and who was responsible", Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson told Reuters in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson stopped off in Myanmar on Sunday to press Aung San Suu Kyi on the need for an independent probe into violence in Rakhine state, as the country faces mounting pressure to punish troops accused of atrocities against the Muslim Rohingya.

More than 600,000 men, women and children are estimated to have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Reuters on Friday published a report laying out events that led up to the killing of 10 Rohingya men in the village of Inn Din who were buried in a mass grave after being hacked to death or shot by Buddhist neighbors and soldiers.

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