The two parties are to discuss the repatriation of more than 6,500 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between the two countries.
A Myanmar government spokesman, Zaw Htay, said that “action according to the law” would be taken against seven soldiers, three members of the police force and six villagers as part of an army investigation.
On September 2, Buddhist villagers and Myanmar troops killed 10 Rohingya men in Rakhine state. Reuters uncovered the massacre, but while reporting this article, two Reuters journalists were arrested by Myanmar police.
The Associated Press has reported it had confirmed the existence of more than five previously unreported mass graves in the village of Gu Dar Pyin.
Myanmar agreed earlier this month to receive the Rohingya refugees at two reception centres and a temporary camp near its border with Bangladesh over a two-year period starting Tuesday.
Over 655,500 Muslim Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after the Myanmar military cracked down in the northern part of Rakhine in response to militant attacks on security forces on August 25.
The petition demands that the Myanmar government publicly announce it is giving Rohingya long-denied citizenship and inclusion on a list of the country’s recognised ethnic groups.
In Myanmar, state racism isn’t just perpetrated by its military, but liberals like Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Buddhist demonstrators were protesting against a ban on an annual celebration to mark the fall of the ancient Arakan kingdom.
Bangladesh said on Tuesday it would complete the process of returning within two years.
The Reuters journalists had been arrested a month ago in connection with reporting on the situation in Rakhine state.
A Reuters graphic makes use of data from the UN Operational Satellite Applications Programme to show hundreds of villages in Rakhine state burned down.
Kutupalong refugee camp is one of several sprawling settlements of bamboo poles and plastic sheets in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.
Police detained the two journalists on assignment for the TRT World television station on October 27.
This was agreed upon as part of a new memorandum of understanding signed during foreign secretary S. Jaishankar’s visit to Myanmar on Wednesday.
The world’s ‘most persecuted minority’ has been facing a human rights and health crisis due to an acute shortage of resources to meet an increasing demand for humanitarian assistance such as food , shelter, clean water and sanitation.
The UN defines genocide as acts meant to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group in whole or in part.
The pope held talks with Myanmar’s military chief and will meet Aung San Suu Kyi as well. He will also travel to Bangladesh, where over 620,000 Rohingya have fled.
Returning Rohingya people to the hands of their persecutors, violates international law and raises fundamental questions about the protection of those fleeing the most heinous crimes and abuses.
“The United States will also pursue accountability through US law, including possible targeted sanctions” against those responsible for the alleged abuses, Rex Tillerson said.
A military clearance operation launched in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya out of the Buddhist-majority country since late August.
More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Since the ethnic violence erupted in late August, thousands of Rohingya have crossed the border into Bangladesh each week, often travelling for days and even weeks.
More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
A senior UN official, who had toured the refugee camps in Bangladesh, on Sunday accused Myanmar’s military of conducting organised mass rape and other crimes against humanity.
The United Nations has denounced the violence as a classic example of ethnic cleansing. However, the Myanmar government has denied such allegations.
Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has faced heavy international criticism for not taking a higher profile in responding to what UN officials have called “ethnic cleansing” by the army.
Suu Kyi had not previously visited Rakhine state since assuming power last year after a landslide 2015 election victory.
Residents of Cox’s Bazar also fished 37 survivors out of the water and 11 have been admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.
An estimated 603,000 refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar since August 25.
UN humanitarian agencies have not been able to access northern Rakhine to deliver aid since the attacks on police stations in August triggered an army crackdown.
Rohingya refugees have testified about a “consistent, methodical pattern” of killings, torture, rape and arson, UN human rights investigators said.
With few news sources in their own language and low levels of literacy, Rohingya refugees rely on audio and video messages distributed on apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube to stay updated.
The hatred towards the Rohingya is well known. But less documented is the spread of this hate towards other Muslims in Myanmar.
Officials did not elaborate on the specific steps the authorities would take for the repatriation, adding that the bulk of discussions was dedicated to border and security cooperation agreements.
Some 600,000 people have crossed the border since August 25, when insurgent attacks on security posts were met by a ferocious counter-offensive by the Myanmar army.
Over 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s sprawling camps constantly struggle to meet basic needs of food, water and sanitation.
The refugees who arrived in Bangladesh on Monday said they were driven out by hunger because food markets in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state have been shut down and aid deliveries restricted.
India’s relationships with Bangladesh, Myanmar and China hang in the balance.
Domestic investigations, including a previous internal military probe, have largely dismissed refugees’ claims of abuses committed during security forces’ “clearance operations”.