Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Let Rohingya return home when conditions are right

Let Rohingya return home when conditions are right

Boris Johnson has demanded a "safe, dignified return" for Rohingya refugees trapped in Bangladesh, ahead of meeting Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The recent Reuters report on the mass execution of 10 Rohingya men on September 2, 2017 in Inn Din village of Myanmar's Rakhine State is groundbreaking for many reasons. "The investigation was being conducted even before Reuters news", Zaw Htay said, adding that he was unable to specify what action would be taken against the 16 people.

The military's version of events was contradicted by accounts given to Reuters by Rakhine Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim witnesses.

Buddhist villagers reported no attack at all by any large number of insurgents on security forces in Inn Din.

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More than 600,000 men, women and children are estimated to have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh following persecution from the Burmese military in their native state of Rakhine, which began in August.

"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, and called for their release.

Mr Johnson will later be taken on a tour of Rakhine State - the area the refugees fled from - by the Myanmar military and will also meet the chair of the Advisory Board on the Rakhine Advisory Commission, Surakiart Sathirathai.

It is the first time Reuters has publicly confirmed what Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were working on when they were arrested on Dec.12 on the outskirts of Yangon.

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We would like to reiterate that in the face of such overwhelming evidence of the genocide taking place next door, influential regional powers of Asean, and in particular India and China, can no longer ignore the extent of human rights violations of Rohingyas. "And we are not giving blanket denials".

There has been no official comment from the government following the publication of the report.

Their plight has sparked global alarm over withering press freedoms in Myanmar and government efforts to curb reporting in northern Rakhine state - where troops are accused of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims. Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, and says its security forces mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.

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