Myanmar: Security forces killed captured Rohingyas

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Myanmar border guard police force patrol near the Myanmar-Bangladeshi border outside Maungdaw, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, November 12, 2017. The trial is reset to January 23.

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

Myanmar is in the process of issuing the Rohingya national verification cards as part of a citizenship eligibility process for undocumented people in Rakhine.

Human rights group Amnesty International also called for the immediate release of the two and for freedom of speech to be respected.

They also argue that some Rohingya who want to return may not have documents proving prior residency because their homes were burned during the crackdown and they fled with few belongings. Family members have said the two told them they were arrested nearly immediately after being handed some documents by the officers they had gone to meet.

The news agency said that little is known of the accusations against the journalists, other than that they were detained for allegedly possessing classified documents related to Rakhine state.

Government think-tank Bangladesh Institute of worldwide and Strategic Studies or BIISS organised the seminar: "Changing global dynamics: Bangladesh foreign policy".

"The Bangladeshi government said Rohingya repatriation can be delayed, but this is not because of the Myanmar side, because we have everything ready", he said.

"If this is done, the problems in Rakhine state will disappear", he said.

"Action will be taken against the villagers.and the security force members who violated the rules of engagement according to the law", it said.

The army described the 10 Rohingya Muslims found in the mass grave as "Bengali terrorists".

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According to The Independent, Myanmar's military has admitted to killing at least 10 Rohingya Muslims.

A statement Wednesday on the military commander-in-chief's Facebook page said the Rohingya found in the mass grave had threatened Buddhist villagers and were killed in retaliation.

He said they had identified constraints in facing the new challenges and had chose to increase the capacity of the diplomats. "Having heard the charges brought under the Official Secrets Act of 1923, we continue to expect the Myanmar authorities to ensure the full protection of these journalists' rights and to release them as quickly as possible", an European Union spokesman said, adding that European Union envoys had been present in court.

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

The rights group Amnesty International said the statement from the military was "a sharp departure from the army's policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing".

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) had launched raids on the Myanmar security forces on 25 August, sparking sweeping counter-insurgency operations in the Muslim-majority north of the Rakhine province.

"It is appalling that soldiers have attempted to justify extrajudicial executions by saying they were needed as reinforcements elsewhere and did not know what to do with the men".

"Such behaviour shows a contempt for human life which is simply beyond comprehension", he said. But now that the crisis in Rakhine has caught global attention, the military can not continue to ignore such cases. "Several countries have endured experiences similar to those of Myanmar".

"We have to be prepared for that, and both diplomatic and businesses need to be oriented".

Phil Robertson of the group Human Rights Watch said that "if Aung San Suu Kyi and her government really cared about democratic reforms and governance, they could use their parliamentary majority to quickly reform this antiquated colonial law and bring it into compliance with global human rights standards".

Reported by Thiri Min Zin and Khin Khin Ei for RFA's Myanmar Service. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

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