Myanmar Military Admits to Killing 10 Rohingya Found in Mass Grave


The Ministry of Information had previously cited police as saying they were "arrested for possessing important and secret government documents related to Rakhine state and security forces". During the campaign the Rohingya allegedly endured killings, arson, rape, and torture, which forced at least 655,000 of them to flee to safety in Bangladesh.

Rohingya Muslims claim that many innocent civilians have been indiscriminately killed by the security forces.

But after the United Nations requested Myanmar to allow officials to enter the country so that accusations of human rights abuse could be investigated, Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said that the country would carry its own investigation, refusing to let the United Nations in. "In the interim, they need to be recognised first and foremost as children", she said, stressing that the Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees rights to health, education and opportunities to learn and grow to all children, irrespective of their ethnicity or status or the circumstances in which they find themselves.

Japan wants to raise the matter with the Myanmar government at appropriate opportunities, including a visit by Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono this week, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in Tokyo.

While the United States and the United Nations have called the campaign against the Rohingya ethnic cleansing, the Myanmar government has blocked independent investigators and journalists from the epicenter of violence, making it hard to gather proof of atrocities.

The Rohingya have long faced discrimination and repression in Rakhine State where conflict with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, stemming from violence by both sides, goes back generations. "Emphasis must be placed on wish of local Rakhine ethnic people who are real Myanmar citizens".

"We would like to ask the Myanmar government to determine citizenship according to these documents", he said.

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The two journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, are due in court tomorrow.

Rohingya were stripped of their citizenship in 1982, denying them nearly all rights and rendering them stateless. "We will try to get justice in accordance with the law".

"Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo must be immediately and unconditionally released".

"If this is done, the problems in Rakhine state will disappear", he said.

They also have cautioned that Rohingya who return will continue to face repression and discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where they are considered illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and are denied access to basic services. "Most of them don't have any documents or evidence because the Myanmar army and security guards burned their houses, and they had to flee to Bangladesh".

The military commander recently said it would be for the Buddhist residents of Myanmar to decide when, and how many, Rohingya returned. "But if you look at the witness list, they are included in it", said U Than Zaw Aung. "But now, I couldn't even see him", she said.

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has made no public comment on the detention of the two Reuters reporters.