Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Johnson urges Aung San Suu Kyi to help Rohingya refugees

Johnson urges Aung San Suu Kyi to help Rohingya refugees

Two Reuters journalists now in detention in Myanmar were arrested by authorities there because they were investigating a mass execution of minority Rohingya Muslims in the country's Rakhine state, the news agency has said.

Two Reuters journalists detained for two months by Myanmar authorities were arrested for investigating a massacre of 10 Rohingya men, the news agency said in a report that detailed the grisly killings.

Myanmar's government has denied the allegations.

The United Nations has described the exodus from Rakhine state, and the military offensive which provoked it, as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre was what prompted the arrest of two of the news agency's reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, both Myanmar nationals.

"I underlined the importance of the Burmese authorities carrying out a full and independent investigation into the violence in Rakhine, and to hold to account those responsible for human rights violations".

A Reuters special report published this week laid out events leading up to the killing of 10 Rohingya men from Inn Din village in northern Rakhine state who were buried in a mass grave after being hacked to death or shot by Buddhist neighbours and soldiers. Their next hearing is scheduled for February 14.

The Reuters report drew on interviews with Buddhists who confessed to torching Rohingya homes, burying bodies and killing Muslims in what they said was a frenzy of violence triggered when Rohingya insurgents attacked security posts last August.

Human rights groups and diplomats from around the world have also called for their release, but the two have been denied bail.

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 previous year.

Almost 690,000 Rohingya have fled their villages and crossed the border of western Myanmar into Bangladesh since August.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Sunday met his Myanmar counterpart and de facto leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi here, a day after his visit to refugee camps in east Bangladesh sheltering around 690,000 Rohingya refugees.

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