Japan to provide $3 million to Myanmar for Rohingya return

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono visits the Japanese cemetery in Yangon Myanmar

The Myanmar military's involvement in the deaths of 10 Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine State, admitted by the commander-in-chief, is just a fraction of the abuses for which security forces are culpable, rights groups say.

The United Nations has condemned the army's campaign as ethnic cleansing.

Refugees who have fled in their hundreds of thousands to Bangladesh have given consistent accounts of massacres, rape and torture by Myanmar security forces flanked by ethnic Rakhine mobs. "The decision was made to kill them at a cemetery".

His words echoed a comment from the spokesperson from the Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Myanmar yesterday, who said: "The (military) statement underscores the need for an independent investigation and media reporting on allegations of such human rights violations".

The European Union and representatives of Muslim nations renewed calls for a broader worldwide investigation into violence in the western state of Rakhine, after the military said on Wednesday its soldiers had killed 10 captured Rohingya Muslim "terrorists" at the beginning of September.

Because of the troops' order to maintain stability in areas where terrorist attacks have continued, security forces chose to kill them with the assistance of about 10 villagers including U Maung Ni's sons, said the Tatmadaw statement. The use of the term "Bengali" is the commonly used term for Rohingya in Burma as it implies they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, despite them living in Burma for generations.




The captives should have been handed over to the police, in line with procedure, but the militants were attacking "continuously" and had destroyed two military vehicles with explosives, it said.

Security personnel and some villagers admitted they killed "10 Bengali terrorists" and broke the Rules of Engagement, said the statement. Security forces had to protect Inn Din village because it is surrounded by Muslim villages of which residents threatened the Inn Din villagers, it said.

Action would also be taken against those who had failed to report the incident to their seniors, and those responsible for supervising the operation, it added.

The military statement claimed the killing of U Maung Ni by the terrorists and the continuing threat to ethnic people bred retaliatory attitudes, which eventually led the killings. The same officer had been in charge of a wider probe into the conduct of troops in the conflict that concluded in a report in November that no atrocities had taken place.

Its military's statement comes after a long denial of mischief towards the minority.

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