Call for 'protected return' of Rohingya refugees

Win Myat Aye Myanmar's minister of social welfare relief and resettlement in an undated

Last year, according to United Nations and other rights groups, some 700,000 Rohingya fled their homes in Rakhine State into Bangladesh after the military responded to militia attacks in August with a crackdown that the United Nations and Western countries have said constitutes "ethnic cleansing".

The military from January forced a rare admission that its soldiers had murdered 10 Rohingya villagers that were captured and accused to be "terrorists" during insurgent attacks previous year from Inn Din village at northern Rakhine.

The journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, face a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison under the country's Official Secrets Act.

Two Reuters journalists detained while investigating the killings in Inn Din had bail applications denied Wednesday when a court in Yangon rejected a request to have a case against them dismissed.

It added that legal proceedings against the police personnel and civilians "involved in the crime" were still under way.

The sentences follow an internal investigation carried out by the country's military, or Tatmadaw, which centered on Inn Din, a village in western Rakhine State, where the bodies of the 10 men were found buried in a mass grave in September 2017. "We will continue to do all we can to secure their release", Adler said.

"Four officers were denounced and permanently dismissed from the military and sentenced to 10 years with hard labour at a prison in a remote area".

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The army's announcement Tuesday stated that an investigative team under the military had interrogated 2 1 military employees, several police officers, 1-3 security forces, " 6 civil servants and also six Inn Din villagers.

The government usually refers to Rohingya Muslims as "Bengalis", a term that denies they belong to Buddhist-majority Myanmar and implying they are illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

The military said in a statement the soldiers will serve 10 years with hard labour for "contributing and participating in murder".

More than 650,000 Rohingya have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh since violence erupted in Rakhine state last August, with bad stories of mass murder, rape and torture.

The UN has described Myanmar's act of driving almost seven hundred thousand Muslims to Bangladesh as ethnic cleansing.

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to file a comprehensive status report on basic amenities provided in three Rohingya camps in Delhi and Haryana.

The Myanmar minister confirmed last week that he was visiting Bangladesh.

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