United Nations calls Myanmar massacre 'alarming'

Elias Hubbard
February 10, 2018

"This once more attests to the need for a full and thorough investigation by the authorities of all violence in Rakhine State and attacks on the various communities there".

The United Nations on Friday described the details of the Reuters report as "alarming" and joined the United States in calling for an investigation into the violence in the state.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the release of the two detained journalists and continues to press for that, Haq said.

The report quotes a retired Myanmar Army soldier who claims he helped dig a mass grave for 10 Rohingya Muslims who were killed by Buddhist villagers and soldiers in Inn Din.

"It is hurting our work", the minister said, questioning the validity of the claims in the report, which included photographs of bound victims kneeling before the killing, and of their bodies lying in a trench afterwards. "We are doing our job as well".

Almost 690,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state and crossed into southern Bangladesh since August, when attacks on security posts by insurgents triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide.

The account marked the first time soldiers and paramilitary police have been implicated by testimony from security personnel in arson and killings in the north of Rakhine state that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide. Government spokesman Zaw Htay told CNN Myanmar would investigate the abuses if "strong and reliable primary evidence" was provided.

There was no immediate comment from the government following the publication of the report.

The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre was what prompted the arrest of two of the news agency's reporters.

In addition to the ban, Myanmar authorities have been arresting or filing lawsuits against those who work for foreign media outlets to further clamp down on reports about the crackdown and its aftermath.

Boris Johnson has accused Aung San Suu Kyi of presiding over a "man made tragedy" as the Foreign Secretary prepared to raise the plight of Rohingya Muslims with the de facto leader of Burma during an official visit.

Police arrested two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, on December 12 for allegedly obtaining confidential documents relating to Rakhine and have accused them of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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