Estonian MEP Paet to visit Rohingya refugee camps in South Asia

EU Parliament delegation goes to Myanmar, as evidence of genocide spreads

EU Parliament delegation goes to Myanmar, as evidence of genocide spreads

Hundreds of thousands of the Muslim minority have fled what the United Nations has called a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.

Police arrested two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, on December 12 for allegedly obtaining confidential documents relating to Rakhine and have accused them of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act.

The United Nations on Friday described the details of the Reuters report as "alarming" and joined the United States in calling for an investigation into the violence in the state.

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, adding it was not related to a Reuters report on the incident.

That public admission followed the arrests of the two Myanmar journalists who were investigating the massacre and are now facing up 14 years in prison on charges of possessing secret documents.

"As with other, previous reports of mass graves, this report highlights the ongoing and urgent need for Burmese authorities to cooperate with an independent, credible investigation into allegations of atrocities in northern Rakhine", U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. The police has said two police officers were also arrested.

The Reuters account of what happened in Inn Din is contradicted by Myanmar's military, which claimed the victims were "terrorists" who had attacked security forces.

There was no comment from the government following the publication of the report.

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.

Almost 690,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state and crossed into southern Bangladesh since August, when attacks on security posts by insurgents triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide.

Mr Johnson and Ms Suu Kyi met after the Foreign Secretary visited Cox's Bazar, a huge refugee camp in Bangladesh where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled after the army crackdown in Rakhine.

Members of Myanmar's security forces will face legal action over the hacking and shooting deaths of Rohingya Muslims in restive Rakhine state, a government spokesman said.

British Labor Party lawmaker Rosena Allin-Khan told BBC's Newsnight that the Reuters report was consistent with accounts she had heard while working as a doctor at Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh past year.

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