Myanmar soldiers killed 10 Rohingya, military says


Four Rohingya men flee the violence in Myanmar by crossing to Bangladesh in November. "We call for their immediate release", it said in a statement.

He was one of several Rohingya leaders from across the USA who participated in a panel discussion in Washington D.C. on the situation in northern Rakhine state and were part of a delegation that met on Capitol Hill.

The Rohingya have long faced discrimination and repression in Rakhine State where conflict with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, stemming from violence by both sides, goes back generations.

"It was found that there were no conditions to transfer the 10 Bengali terrorists to the police station and so it was chose to kill them", the military said, referring to the findings of the investigating team. "The village's name is Vasala in the Rohingya language".

The Myanmar government has consistently denied all accusations.

China, Myanmar's major trading partner, is also providing assistance for displaced persons in Rakhine state. "But we can say that only after seeing how the documents were written and submitted to the court", U Than Zaw Aung said.

Rohingya were stripped of their citizenship in 1982, denying them nearly all rights and rendering them stateless.

Only about 60,000 people remain in the town where 440,000 were living before August, she said. "We will try to get justice in accordance with the law".

Myanmar Journalists Arrest
Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo in handcuffs talks to supporters as he leaves court Wednesday

Smoke rises from a burnt house in Gawdu Zara village, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, in September, after retaliatory attacks for Muslim attacks on security posts. "The EU reiterates its call on the Myanmar government to ensure transparency and to make serious efforts in order to hold accountable all those involved in serious human rights abuses in the context of the ongoing crisis in Rakhine state", it said.

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.

Speaking at a seminar on Bangladesh's foreign policy, he said on Wednesday "things could have been different with Myanmar if the then Khaleda Zia-led BNP government allowed them to take gas pipeline to India through Bangladesh".

Reporters Without Borders said the two reporters were being used as "scapegoats" to intimidate journalists, as rights groups condemned their continued detention. "Only when local Rakhine ethnic people accept it, will all the people satisfy it". "Most of them don't have any documents or evidence because the Myanmar army and security guards burned their houses, and they had to flee to Bangladesh".

Rohingya have for years been denied citizenship, freedom of movement and access to services such as healthcare.

Kyaw Soe Aung added that the Myanmar government must also implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, a body led by former United Nations head Kofi Annan that called for reviews of the country's Citizenship Law and for an end to restrictions on the Rohingya to prevent further violence in the region. "But now, I couldn't even see him", she said.

Several legal cases against journalists have disappointed those hoping the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi would usher in a new era of freedom.