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

13 January 2018, 12:55 | Sherry Padilla

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono answers a question at the end of a meeting in Ankara Thomson Reuters

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono answers a question at the end of a meeting in Ankara Turkey

It comes as two reporters for Reuters news agency face trial for receiving secret documents reportedly related to the massacre.

"Villagers and members of the security forces have confessed that they committed murder", the military said in a statement on Wednesday.

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.

The captives should have been handed over to police, the army statement said, but with militants mounting continuous attacks and destroying two military vehicles, "there were no conditions to transfer the 10 Bengali terrorists to the police station and 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.

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 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.

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

The village of Inn Din previously featured in a chilling report by Amnesty International, which contains eyewitness accounts from seven villagers who described how vigilantes and the military looted and burned homes and shot people as they fled. "This incident happened because ethnic Buddhist villagers were threatened and provoked by the terrorists".

"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.

Myanmar terms Rohingya Muslims as Bengalis and does not recognise them as one of its ethnic groups.

Myanmar's military released a report in November saying an internal investigation had absolved its forces of wrongdoing including allegations of rape and killings.



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