Myanmar massacre report spurs calls for independent probe

February 9, 2018

He met Rohingya families and community leaders to learn about the persecution they have suffered, and hear first-hand about the challenges that life in the camps presents.

They will visit Rohingya camps and meet global NGOs working in the Rakhine State, Myanmar civil society organisations, religious and political leaders as well as the media.

Their plight has sparked global alarm over withering press freedoms in Myanmar and government efforts to curb reporting in northern Rakhine state - where troops are accused of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims.

The meeting followed Johnson's visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, where almost 700,000 Rohingya had sought sanctuary in squalid settlements since a Myanmar army crackdown in northern Rakhine last August.

But the Nobel laureate has refused to change tack and is accused by critics of bunkering down in a siege mentality.

According to a Facebook post by Myanmar's foreign ministry, the pair "discussed in an open and friendly manner the latest developments in Rakhine State, including planning for the reception of returnees who fled".

"This once more attests to the need for a full and thorough investigation by the authorities of all violence in Rakhine State and attacks on the various communities there", United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in NY.

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British Labor Party lawmaker Rosena Allin-Khan told BBC's Newsnight that the Reuters report was consistent with accounts she had heard while working as a doctor at Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh previous year.

He demanded "what we all want to see is a safe, a dignified and secure returns for the people, for the Rohingya, back to their place of origin".

Others have no home to return to after their villages were torched in the military crackdown.

That public admission followed the arrests of the two Myanmar journalists who were investigating the massacre and are now facing up 14 years in prison on charges of possessing secret documents.

Reuters on Friday published a report laying out events that led up to the killing of 10 Rohingya men in the northern Rakhine village of Inn Din who were buried in a mass grave after being hacked to death or shot by Buddhist neighbours and soldiers.

Johnson is scheduled to fly on to Bangkok today for a two-day visit that will include meetings with junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha and the Thai chairman of an advisory board on the Rohingya crisis.

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