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Japan to give aid to Myanmar for Rohingya return

13 January 2018

Sittwe: Amnesty International has called for an independent investigation after Myanmar has admitted its soldiers' role in the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims that were found in a mass grave, outside Inn Din, a village in Rakhine State.

Aung San Suu Kyi said she knows the worldwide community has great interest in the Rohingya issue.

The pair have widely covered the military campaign in Rakhine although Reuters has declined to comment on whether they were specifically reporting on the mass grave in Inn Din. According to the statement, there were "no conditions" to hand the ten captured "bengali terrorists" over to the police, so "it was made a decision to kill them".

The military claimed they had rushed to Inn Din to protect frightened Buddhist villagers and had been attacked by "200 Bengalis" with sticks and swords, 10 of whom were arrested and accused of having links to terrorists.

"Action will be taken according to the law against villagers who were involved and security members who broke the Rules of Engagement", the post added.

Ten of the attackers were captured after the security forces drove the rest off by firing into the air, according to the statement on Facebook, which the military often uses to make announcements.

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After being informed that there was a mass grave found near Inn Din village's cemetery, a team of five investigators led by Lt-Gen Aye Win from the office of commander-in-chief of Defense Services probed the case in December previous year. But the military has insisted that there has been no wrongdoing by any security forces. The Myanmar government has consistently denied all accusations.

Angry ethnic Rakhine Buddhist villagers, who had lost relatives in militant attacks, wanted to kill the captives, and stabbed them after forcing them into a grave on the outskirts of the village.

The United Nations' top human rights official in September described the Myanmar army's crackdown against the Rohingya Muslim minority as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Four members of the security forces also opened fire.

"This grisly admission is a sharp departure from the army's policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing", said James Gomez, Amnesty's regional director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, following the military's announcement.

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.

Japan to give aid to Myanmar for Rohingya return