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Myanmar Forces and Buddhist Villagers Torched Rohingya Homes, then Killed

Myanmar Forces and Buddhist Villagers Torched Rohingya Homes, then Killed

On Sept. 2, Buddhist villagers and Myanmar troops killed 10 Rohingya men in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state.

More than 680,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since August 2017, bringing with them stories of mass murder and destruction at the hands of the country's military.

They offer evidence of a massacre believed to have taken place on the morning of 2 September past year, after the arrival of troops in the village of Inn Din drove its Rohingya inhabitants to flee.

The report details the days leading up to the massacre as military operations destroyed communities of Rohingya in Inn Din, the fishing village where the events occurred, and draws on Buddhist and Muslim witnesses who recount the military commanders' orders to "go and clear" areas inhabited by Rohingyas.

Reuters has published an extensive report into the killing of 10 Rohingya men in Myanmar in September, pulling from photographs and eyewitness accounts to describe how villagers and paramilitary forces killed the men execution-style and buried them in one grave. Villagers interviewed by Reuters said there was no attack by a large number of security forces in in Inn Din.

If there was "strong and reliable primary evidence" of abuses, the government would investigate, he said.

The accounts of hunger could not be independently confirmed, as Myanmar's government does not allow reporters into the northern part of Rakhine state, where most of the Rohingya lived.

Myanmar and Bangladesh had earlier in December previous year, formed Joint Working Group (JWG) to handle the repatriation of Rohingya refugees.

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Myanmar Forces and Buddhist Villagers Torched Rohingya Homes, then Killed

"We've been bystanders to a genocide", she said. "We thought it was time to go with it".

She said that, as well as an global probe, there needs to be a referral to the worldwide Criminal Court.

Myanmar has denied all violations of human rights laws, saying that it is only targeting Rohingya terrorists.

"Myanmar's security forces are building on entrenched patterns of abuse to silently squeeze out the country as numerous remaining Rohingya as possible".

Campaign group Fortify Rights also called for an independent investigation.

He said with the ISIS getting weaker and losing ground in the Philippines, it is very much possible they would look for other places as new base in this region and using the opportunity that might be open with the return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. "They remain held & must absolutely be released".

"The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre was what prompted Myanmar police authorities to arrest two of the news agency's reporters", the report said.

Yanghee Lee, the United Nations human rights investigator for Myanmar who has been barred from visiting the Rohingya areas, echoed that call and added in a tweet: "Independent & credible investigation needed to get to the bottom of the Inn Din massacre". They are in prison while a court decides if they should be charged under the colonial-era act.





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