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Myanmar Faces Truth, Admits Soldiers Behind Rohingya Mass Grave

Myanmar Faces Truth, Admits Soldiers Behind Rohingya Mass Grave

BURMA'S (Myanmar) military has admitted that its soldiers were involved in the killing 10 captured Rohingya Muslims, after local Buddhist villagers had forced the men into a grave they had dug.

The military said in a statement on the commander in chief's Facebook page that the attackers were from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, the militant group blamed for attacks on police posts in August that prompted the crackdown that left thousands of Rohingya dead and more than 650,000 displaced.

The mass grave was discovered last month in cemetery in Inn Din village, about 30 miles north of the state capital Sittwe, prompting the military to open an investigation.

The European Union and representatives of Muslim nations renewed calls for a broader global investigation into violence in the western state of Rakhine, after the military said on Wednesday its soldiers had killed 10 captured Rohingya Muslim "terrorists" at the beginning of September.

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 previous year.

Myanmar's military has issued details of the findings of an investigation team that examined soldiers' role in the extrajudicial killings of 10 Rohingya during the brutal crackdown in northern Rakhine state.

Their dependency on information gathered from the swelling refugee population in Bangladesh has earned them pariah status in Myanmar, where the Rohingya are widely perceived as foreign terrorists.

Rohingya children need a political solution to the issue of legal identity and citizenship and in the interim they need to be recognized first and foremost as children, says the UNICEF on Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.




The military, in its account of the killings, said "200 Bengali terrorists" armed with sticks and swords attacked soldiers in the area on September 1.

Suu Kyi's time in office has also been dominated by the Rohingya crisis, with criticism pouring in from around the globe over her refusal to denounce the army's crackdown and allow in worldwide investigators.

"It was found that there were no conditions to transfer the 10 Bengali terrorists to the police station and so it was made a decision to kill them".

"But the military's image will be damaged if it protects these security guards who killed 10 people", he said.

Reporting on both sides of the Rohingya crisis has proven hard for members of the foreign press who are prohibited from entering the conflict-torn areas of Rakhine state and rarely granted interviews with top government officials.

"The full extent of the violations and crimes against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities will not be known until the UN Fact-Finding Mission and other independent observers are given unfettered access to Myanmar, and in particular Rakhine State". The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said the campaign amounts to ethnic cleansing that could include "elements of genocide".

Reported by Thinn Thiri and Khin Khin Ei for RFA's Myanmar Service. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.


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