Myanmar: Military's mass grave admission exposes extrajudicial killings of Rohingya

Myanmar: Military's mass grave admission exposes extrajudicial killings of Rohingya

Myanmar: Military's mass grave admission exposes extrajudicial killings of Rohingya

"Partners have identified about 20 children separated from their families during the violence but estimate the total number to be at least 100 - most of whom are in parts of northern Rakhine state that they still can not access", Unicef spokesperson Marixie Mercado told journalists in Geneva during a briefing on her visit to Myanmar from December 6 through January 3.

The United Nations has previously described the operation as ethnic cleansing and accused the military of murder, torture and rape.

The military commander recently said it would be for the Buddhist residents of Myanmar to decide when, and how many, Rohingya returned.

The 10 Rohingya were involved in attacks organized by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA)-a Muslim militant group denounced by the government as a "terrorist organization" after a series of attacks last year-and arrested on September 1 during a clearance operation in Inn Din village.

"After the dinner, [the Reuters journalists] were arrested".

Myanmar prosecutors sought charges on Wednesday against two Reuters reporters under the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years, the reporters' lawyer said.

Army officials visit a burial site where 10 bodies were found near a graveyard in Inn Din village in southern Maungdaw. "We call for their immediate release", it said in a statement.

Drawing on satellite imagery, Human Rights Watch revealed the stark transformation of villages once populated by Rohingya - and now apparently burned to the ground and emptied of residents.

The police officers had worked in Rakhine state, where security forces are blamed for rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims that sparked the exodus of some 650,000 people to Bangladesh.

"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. "This incident happened because ethnic Buddhist villagers were threatened and provoked by the terrorists".

They also have cautioned that Rohingya who return will continue to face repression and discrimination in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where they are considered illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and are denied access to basic services.

The Myanmar military launched a brutal crackdown targeting the Rohingya in response to deadly attacks by a Muslim insurgent group in August 2017.

The Myanmar government has consistently denied all accusations.

The refugees complain that they have not been consulted on the plan.

"Some villagers from Inn Din village and security members confessed they killed 10 Bengali terrorists", the office said in its post, using a pejorative term for Rohingya and blaming militants for causing the unrest in the village.

Reporters Without Borders said the two reporters were being used as "scapegoats" to intimidate journalists, as rights groups condemned their continued detention.

"This grisly admission is a sharp departure from the army's policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing".

She painted a harrowing picture of the situation in Rakhine, noting that prior to August 25, when the most recent outbreak of violence occurred, Unicef had been treating 4,800 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition; these children are no longer receiving this life-saving treatment, according to UN News Centre.

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