Myanmar Admission Soldiers Killed Rohingya 'an Important Step': US Envoy

Violet Powell
January 13, 2018

Myanmar's admission that soldiers were involved in the murder of 10 Muslims in September was an important step and the United States hoped it would be followed by more transparency and accountability, the USA ambassador said on Thursday. It comes as two reporters for Reuters news agency face trial for receiving secret documents reportedly related to the massacre.

The exact number of the returnees is still unknown, the report said.

The Tatmadaw, as the Burmese army is known, reported last month that it had recovered ten... This meant that "there were no conditions to transfer the 10 Bengali terrorists to the police station and so it was chose to kill them". They are widely called "Bengalis" and are accused of migrating illegally from Bangladesh.

More than 650,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August 25 after Myanmar's security forces launched what the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing in the country's Rakhine state.

The military said legal action would be taken against members of the security forces who violated their rules of engagement in killing the 10 suspected insurgents, and against ethnic Rakhine Buddhist villagers who were also involved.

Myanmar's military targeting of an ethnic minority in the country n an attempt to uphold Buddhist nationalism is not unprecedented.

Until now, however, security forces have denied any accusations of guilt.

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"Some villagers from Inn Din village and security forces confessed they killed 10 Bengali terrorists", a translation of the Facebook post said, according to Radio Free Asia.

In the past, the military has retaliated against Rohingya villages following such attacks.

In a rare admission of guilt, the Defence Ministry released a statement on Facebook stating its forces had killed 10 suspected terrorists in the Inn Din village of Maung Daw on September 1.

The villagers assisted in the execution, according to the statement, because they wanted revenge on the Rohingya militants who had killed their family members in the past.

Myanmar's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has no control over the military, but has faced fierce global criticism for failing to do more to protect the Rohingya.

The rights group Amnesty International said the statement from the military was "a sharp departure from the army's policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing".

Human rights groups have denounced systematic state sponsored violence against the religious group and ethnic minority, which includes mass murders, rape, laying landmines, and burning entire villages that has driven more than 655,000 Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh.

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