Friday, 22 June, 2018

UK's Boris Johnson urges 'safe, dignified' return of Rohingya refugees

UN calls Myanmar massacre 'alarming' EU Parliament delegation goes to Myanmar, as evidence of genocide spreads
Becky Salazar | 12 February, 2018, 02:18

Mr Johnson visited a refugee camp at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh ahead of his talks with Ms Suu Kyi.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Sunday met his Myanmar counterpart and de facto leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi here, a day after his visit to refugee camps in east Bangladesh sheltering around 690,000 Rohingya refugees.

Members of Myanmar's security forces will face legal action over the hacking and shooting deaths of Rohingya Muslims in restive Rakhine state, a government spokesman said.

Two Reuters journalists detained for two months by Myanmar authorities were arrested for investigating a massacre of 10 Rohingya men, the news agency said in a report that detailed the grisly killings.

Buddhist villagers reported no attack at all by any large number of insurgents on security forces in Inn Din.

More than 620,000 Rohingya are thought to have fled to Bangladesh following persecution from the Burmese military.

It contains graphic pictures of the victims before and after the massacre, along with interviews with Buddhists who admitted to setting Rohingya homes on fire and killing Muslims after Rohingya insurgents attacked security posts last August.

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. Two police officers were also arrested, on the same charge of violating a colonial-era law.

It is the first time Reuters has publicly confirmed what Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were working on when they were arrested on Dec.12 on the outskirts of Yangon.

Asked about the evidence uncovered about the massacre, spokesman Zaw Htay said on Thursday, before publication of the massacre report: "We are not denying the allegations about violations of human rights".

Human rights organisations have documented widespread abuse by the Myanmar Army against the Rohingya, including murders and rapes, during its military campaign against the minority, which the United Nations has described as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

There has been no official comment from the government following the publication of the report.

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