Journalists held for probing Rohingya massacre

Journalists held for probing Rohingya massacre

Journalists held for probing Rohingya massacre

The news agency claims the journalists uncovered evidence, including photos, that police ordered villagers to assist in the killing, dismemberment and burial of 10 Rohingya Muslims - eight men and two teenage boys - in a mass grave. At least two were hacked to death by villagers. "The rest were shot by Myanmar troops", Reuters reported, citing two of the gravediggers.

"One grave for 10 people", said Soe Chay, 55, a retired soldier from Inn Din's Rakhine Buddhist community who said he helped dig the pit and saw the killings.

In the story, Myanmar said its "clearance operation" is a legitimate response to attacks by insurgents.

That possibility has prompted the government of Myanmar to take precautionary steps to be more on guard against the militant threat. "And we are not giving blanket denials". There was no comment from the government following the publication of the report.

PHR, other rights groups, and the United Nations have expressed concern over an agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to repatriate Rohingya refugees who fled the violence and want to voluntarily return.

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"We've been bystanders to a genocide", she said.

The Rohingya Muslims, who have been loathed by Myanmar's Buddhist majority for decades, are locked down in their villages, sometimes even in their homes and prevented from farming, fishing, foraging, trade and work, aid group says.

He was the first high-level military officer to be named in the sanctions for overseeing the campaign of atrocities and one of 52 individuals and entities that the US has sanctioned under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act for alleged human rights violations and corruption.

The rights group also said that it had documented three recent incidents of the Myanmar military abducting girls or young women in January.

"As more evidence comes out about the pre-planning and intent of the Myanmar armed forces to wipe out Rohingya villages and their inhabitants, the worldwide community ... needs to focus on how to hold the country's military leaders accountable", said HRW's deputy Asia director Phil Robertson.

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This legislation if signed into law will make it easier for the administration to impose sanctions on the Burmese military leaders who are implicated in some of the worst atrocities facing the global community in a generation.

Adler has said public pressure on the Myanmar government was needed to ensure the two journalists were spared a long prison sentence. "They remain held & must absolutely be released".

Meanwhile, Britain, France, the US and five other countries asked the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to discuss the fate of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees driven from Myanmar, diplomats said, according to AFP.The council will hold a meeting next Tuesday to hear U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi's report on the crisis sparked by an army crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state in August.

The reporters are charged with violating an arcane and rarely invoked law known as the Official Secrets Act, which dates from colonial British rule.

In what worldwide observers including the United Nations have said amounts to ethnic cleansing, the Myanmar military and militias have since driven out hundreds of thousands of the country's Rohingya minority in a campaign of killings, burning and rape.

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