Myanmar not ready for repatriation of Rohingya refugees

Myanmar Not Ready for Return of Rohingya Refugees Says UN Official

Myanmar Not Ready for Return of Rohingya Refugees Says UN Official

Myanmar's military on Tuesday sentenced seven personnel to 10 years in prison and hard labor as alleged accomplices in the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims in troubled Rakhine state, where the country's security forces carried out a brutal crackdown against the minority group, officials said.

The report quoted a retired Myanmar Army soldier who claimed he helped dig a mass grave for 10 Rohingya Muslims who were killed by Buddhist villagers and soldiers in Inn Dinn.

The deaths of were being investigated by two Reuters journalists who were subsequently arrested and are still being held in prison.

"Four officers were denounced and permanently dismissed from the military and sentenced to 10 years with hard labour at a prison in a remote area", said the military, according to Reuters.

On Wednesday, a judge is due to rule on whether the case against them should be dismissed because of a lack of evidence.

The military said in a statement on December 18 that a mass grave containing 10 bodies of "Bengali terrorists" had been found on the outskirts of Inn Din village in northern Rakhine's Maungdaw region.

It included photographs of the victims, hands bound and kneeling on the floor prior to the killing - and of their bodies in a pit afterwards.

The country's military has a grim track record of rights abuses over 50 years of rule.

Amnesty International called the summary killings at Inn Din "the tip of the iceberg" in terms of atrocities carried out since August and has repeatedly urged a wider, impartial probe.

India is keen to see an early solution to the Rohingya crisis as it thinks the issue might emerge as a "serious security concern" for the country having borders with both Bangladesh and Myanmar, reports UNB.

The exodus of Rohingya Muslims followed an August 25 crackdown by the military in the northwestern Rakhine State.

Myanmar denies the allegations, justifying its campaign in Rakhine as a legitimate response to Rohingya militants and blaming the global media and aid agencies for spreading false information fuelled by a pro-Rohingya bias. Myanmar, which considers most Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Muslim-majority Bangladesh, has denied the accusations.

Little or no information has been revealed because the Burma government has denied humanitarian workers and independent media access to northern Rakhine.

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