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 calls come as Bangladesh delayed the repatriation of the largely stateless Rohingya to Myanmar that was set to begin on Tuesday, as the process of compiling and verifying the list of people to be sent back was incomplete.
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.
The meeting in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw was the first for a joint working group set up to hammer out the details of the November repatriation agreement.
More than 650,000 Rohingya have headed across the border to Bangladesh after a sweeping Myanmar army counter offensive in response to Rohingya militant attacks on August 25, 2017.
China’s attitude towards Myanmar reflects a bigger strategy: to bolster its presence in Asia at the expense of other powers.
The two journalists had worked on a Reuters coverage of the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where about 655,000 Rohingya Muslims had fled from a military crackdown on militants.
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.
Doctors Without Borders has treated around 2,000 patients in the past few weeks and is receiving around 100 new cases daily.
Myanmar had asked the UN to replace special rapporteur Yanghee Lee with someone who knows Myanmar well and is both fair and impartial.
Myanmar denies committing atrocities against the Rohingya community and has previously rejected UN criticism for its “politicisation and partiality.”
The Rohingya tragedy has been unfolding for decades, going back to 1948, when Myanmar gained independence.
Tillerson, who last month declared the violence against the Rohingya to be “ethnic cleansing,” has said Washington was considering “targeted sanctions” against those deemed responsible.
Rohingya refugees continue to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh even though both countries set up a timetable last month to allow their return home.
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.
“You are there trying to do your job with a camera in your hand. And then your heart overrules your head.”
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.
Witnesses describe how soldiers killed people inside wooden homes, arrested young men, raped women and burned homes to prevent the residents’ return.
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.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke on Thursday with Myanmar’s army chief and expressed concern over reported atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, the US State Department said in a statement.
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.
Aid workers and UN staff have said that they fear enforced segregation by Buddhist majority may trigger further displacement in Rakhine.
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.
The US is taking steps and considering a range of further actions over Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, including targeted sanctions under its Global Magnitsky law, the State Department said on Monday.
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.
UN aid agencies have not had access to the shrinking Rohingya population in northern Rakhine state since the August 25 coordinated insurgent attacks on police posts and army campaign.
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.
Suu Kyi said in a televised address on Thursday evening that she would invite aid organisations and business leaders to take part in the initiative.
Domestic investigations, including a previous internal military probe, have largely dismissed refugees’ claims of abuses committed during security forces’ “clearance operations”.
The chief justice said the court and government cannot be oblivious to the plight of Rohingya women and children, added that petitioners can approach the court in case of ‘contingency’.