Myanmar Military Admits to Killing 10 Rohingya Found in Mass Grave

Rohingya were stripped of their citizenship in 1982 denying them almost all rights and rendering them stateless

Myanmar Military Admits to Killing 10 Rohingya Found in Mass Grave

In Wednesday's military statement, the office of Myanmar's commander-in-chief said that both villagers and security forces had admitted they killed "10 Bengali terrorists" - a reference to the Rohingya whose bodies were found in a mass grave in the village of Inn Din past year.

The officers are also under arrest but did not appear in court on Wednesday. "In the interim, they need to be recognised first and foremost as children", she said, stressing that the Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees rights to health, education and opportunities to learn and grow to all children, irrespective of their ethnicity or status or the circumstances in which they find themselves.

"The court rejected the petition and has upheld the administrative order, which bans marriage between Bangladeshi citizens and Rohingya people", deputy attorney general Motaher Hossain Saju said.

Wa Lone became a Reuters journalist in 2016.

"Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo must be immediately and unconditionally released".

"We view this as a wholly unwarranted, blatant attack on press freedom".

The Foreign Correspondents Clubs of Thailand and Hong Kong released a joint statement calling for the immediate release of the journalists.

"ARSA has ... no other option but to combat "Burmese state-sponsored terrorism" against the Rohingya population for the goal of defending, salvaging and protecting the Rohingya community", the group said in a statement signed by leader Ata Ullah and posted on Twitter.

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In a statement, Reuters president and editor in chief Stephen Adler said: "We are extremely disappointed that the authorities seek to prosecute Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo under Myanmar's Official Secrets Act".

"The judge will decide whether they are guilty or not according to the law", he told Reuters.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar released a statement saying it's "disappointed by today's decision to pursue charges". "The media freedom that is so critical to rule of law and a strong democracy requires that journalists be able to do their jobs".

Though Myanmar has almost completed housing for 5,000 returning Rohingya Muslim refugees, officials are still waiting for Bangladesh to send lists of those who are eligible for repatriation slated to begin later this month, government officials said Wednesday.

The United Nations has described atrocities committed by the military in Rakhine as textbook ethnic cleansing and "very likely" crimes against humanity.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said last month Canada was "deeply concerned" over their detention.

Phil Robertson of the group Human Rights Watch said that "if Aung San Suu Kyi and her government really cared about democratic reforms and governance, they could use their parliamentary majority to quickly reform this antiquated colonial law and bring it into compliance with worldwide human rights standards". "The jailing of journalists shows that Aung San Suu Kyi's government, despite its democratic mandate, is following in the repressive footsteps of her military government predecessors".

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