Myanmar Forces and Buddhist Villagers Torched Rohingya Homes, then Killed

Human bones are seen in a shallow grave in Inn Din

Human bones are seen in a shallow grave in Inn Din Myanmar

Reuters has published a detailed investigation into the massacre of 10 Rohingya men by Myanmar soldiers and villagers, that it says led to the detention of two of its reporters.

Almost 690,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed the border into Bangladesh after Myanmar army launched a crackdown against Muslim insurgents in northern Rakhine state on August 25.

Hearings are continuing against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to determine if they will be charged under the Official Secrets Act.

Yangon has agreed on the return of thousands of Rohingya refugees who were earlier forced to leave their villages Rakhine in Myanmar following communal conflict between the Buddhist majority and the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority there.

The account marked the first time soldiers and paramilitary police have been implicated by testimony from security personnel in arson and killings in the north of Rakhine state that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide.

The British government, MPs of the House of Commons, political parties raised a strong voice against the oppression on the Rohingya people by Myanmar military and pursued the issue within the UN Security Council. "And then if we found the evidence is true and the violations are there, we will take the necessary action according to the law", he said.

"The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre was what prompted Myanmar police authorities to arrest two of the news agency's reporters", the news agency said in the report. One of those gravediggers was 55-year-old retired soldier Soe Chay, who told Reuters soldiers told him to "do whatever you want with them".

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Now the world can see the results of their work in "Massacre in Myanmar", the story published by Reuters overnight.

Myanmar's military has repeatedly and vehemently denied any deliberate violence against civilians in the Rohingya-majority Rakhine State, claiming it has been conducting a battle against a militant insurgency in the country's west.

The killings closely followed a series of attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar police posts and an army base, that are thought to have sparked the extreme violence now ongoing in Myanmar.

The army account is disputed by other witnesses, who agree that the military did not face a large-scale assault from villagers. Villagers interviewed by Reuters said there was no attack by a large number of security forces in in Inn Din.

Doctors Without Borders said in its own survey in December that at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in Rakhine during the first month of the August 2017 crackdown by Myanmar's military.

Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen Adler told the BBC the organization had decided it was their "responsibility" to publish what happened in Inn Din.

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