Japan conveys concern over Rohingya to Myanmar's Suu Kyi-Kyodo

Kristopher Drake
January 13, 2018

"Action will be taken against the villagers who participated in the case and the members of security forces who broke the rules of engagement under the law", the statement said.

The Burmese army has admitted murdering Rohingya Muslims and burying the bodies in a mass grave in the first admission of what many survivors say have been widespread massacres.

After two attacks in last two years each by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, whom government declared as "terrorist organization", the Tatmadaw conducted clearance operations in the northern Rakhine, which drew criticism from overseas, accusing Myanmar's security forces of committed human rights abuses.

When security forces conducted clearance operations on September 1 near the village, about 200 people approached them with knives and sticks who the Tatmadaw statement said were "Bengali terrorists".

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

On Wednesday, it admitted that ethnic Rakhine villagers and security forces killed the 10 Royingya Muslims in the village on September 2 a year ago.

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. The army launched a sweeping counteroffensive in the north of the state in response to Rohingya militant attacks on Aug.25, triggering an exodus of more than 650,000 Rohingya Muslim villagers.

The 10 corpses were found in December 2016 in a mass grave near a cemetery in Inn Din village. They are widely called "Bengalis" and are accused of migrating illegally from Bangladesh.

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.

Kono urged her to improve the human rights situation for Rohingya people who have fled to neighboring Bangladesh.

Both the United Nations and USA have stated that he military's action has amounted to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority in majority Buddhist Myanmar.

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.

Human rights organization Amnesty International claimed the admission exposes the extrajudicial killings of Rohingya, marking a "sharp departure from the army's policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing".

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