Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Myanmar Military Admits to Killing 10 Rohingya Found in Mass Grave

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
Pablo Mccormick | 12 January, 2018, 00:38

Much of the Buddhist-majority population supports the army in what it calls a justified campaign against Rohingya militants after attacks against border guard police killed about a dozen a year ago.

His colleague Wa Lone said his wife was pregnant adding: "I'm trying to be strong".

Myanmar's military released a report in November saying an internal investigation had absolved its forces of wrongdoing including and killings.

"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".

The state department voiced its concern after two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar have been formally charged with "violating" the country's Official Secrets Act.

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"The Reuters journalists being held in Myanmar should be released immediately".

"Authorities are using antiquated laws to prosecute journalists and to create a climate of fear under the watch of Aung San Suu Kyi".

"All 12 of the outpatient therapeutic treatment centres run by our partners are closed because they were either looted, destroyed or staff can't access them", she said.

"Partners have identified about 20 children separated from their families during the violence but estimate the total number to be at least 100 - most of whom are in parts of northern Rakhine state that they still can not access", Marixie Mercado, UNICEF spokesperson told journalists in Geneva recently during a briefing on her visit to Myanmar from December 6 previous year through January 3.

"We hope it is followed up by more transparency and by holding those responsible accountable", he said. Wednesday's court hearing was attended by an army of local journalists, proudly wearing their new, uniform of solidarity - a black T-shirt with "Journalism is not a crime" clearly inscribed on its front and rear. "The government is committed to freedom of expression, but another of our priorities is the rule of law and we expect journalists to abide by our laws". When U Kyaw Khin first opened his roadside newspaper stall in 1998, Myanmar journalists had to submit their work to the government for pre-publication approval.

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During an interrogation at the village school, the Rohingya said they had connections with terrorists and were persuaded by Muslim religious scholars to carry out terrorist acts, the statement said.

More worryingly, it has emboldened nationalist voices who - like the military dictators that terrorised Myanmar - say journalists who challenge the official narrative should be punished for their treachery.

The Government of Myanmar has established a ministerial committee tasked with implementing the recommendations of the final report of the Rakhine Advisory Commission chaired by Kofi Annan, which include addressing the stateless status of the Rohingya population and meeting priority needs.

With the judicial system as slow as it is archaic, it will likely be sometime before the outcome of this controversial case is announced. The military should take action against anyone who commits crime.

Responding to the press release, Thein Than Oo, a founding member of the Myanmar Lawyers' Network, questioned the authenticity of the statement.

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