Rohingya crisis: Boris Johnson presses Aung San Suu Kyi to take action


The military on January 10 said the 10 Rohingya men belonged to a group of 200 "terrorists" who had attacked security forces, adding that Buddhist villagers attacked some of them with swords and soldiers shot the others dead.

It is the first time that Reuters has publicly confirmed what the two journalists, Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were working on at the time of their arrest two months ago.

The United Nations on Friday described the details of a February 9 Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as "alarming" and said it showed the need for a thorough probe into the violence in the country's Rakhine state.

Almost 700,000 Rohingya have fled the area since last August, carrying stories of atrocities at the hands of troops and vigilante groups in the Buddhist-majority country.

Action will be taken against 10 members of Myanmar's security forces in connection with the killing of captured Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a government spokesman said on Sunday.

Johnson, who later flew to Rakhine state, wrote on Twitter that he raised the "importance of [Myanmar] authorities in carrying out full & independent investigation into the violence in Rakhine".

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The recent Reuters report on the mass execution of 10 Rohingya men on September 2, 2017 in Inn Din village of Myanmar's Rakhine State is groundbreaking for many reasons.

Buddhist villagers reported no rebel attack on security forces took place in Inn Din, and Rohingya witnesses told the news agency soldiers seized the 10 men from among hundreds of people who had sought safety on a nearby beach.

Judges have denied bail to the two reporters during a pre-trial hearing period, despite calls for their release from human rights groups and diplomats around the globe.

The meeting followed Johnson's visit to a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, where almost 700,000 Rohingya have sought sanctuary since fleeing Myanmar since August a year ago.

Myanmar's leader and Nobel Peace Prize Aung San Suu Kyi is facing global criticism, including from fellow peace prize victor Desmond Tutu, for not doing more to stop what the United Nations says are mass killings, rapes and the burning of villages taking place in Rakhine state.