News 12 january — 17:29

EU urges Myanmar to allow UN probe into Rohingya abuses

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The delegation of European Union countries in Myanmar urged the government on Thursday to grant an independent international investigation team access to the country, Anadolu Agency reports.

The request comes after Myanmar military admitted that some of its soldiers were involved in the murder of 10 captured Rohingya men in western Rakhine state.

In a rare move, a military investigation report on Wednesday admitted its soldiers and ethnic villagers had killed 10 captured Rohingya people and buried them in a mass grave near Inn Din village in Maungdaw township of Rakhine State in September.

In a statement, the EU delegation in the country said: “These brutal killings confirm the urgent need for a throughout and credible investigation” into all alleged rights abuses in the northern part of Rakhine state where military operations have forced at least 650,000 people, mostly Rohingya Muslims, fled cross-border to neighboring Bangaldesh since August last year.

“Impunity of perpetrators of such serious human rights violations must end,” it said.

It called on the government of Myanmar to “fully cooperate with Human Rights Council’s independent international fact-finding mission and other independent observers, including journalists and to provide for their full, safe and unhindered access to all conflict areas without delay”.

Amnesty International welcomed the admission by the military, saying it is a sharp departure from its policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing during the operation in Maugndaw areas.

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