Suu Kyi: Army ad­mis­sion of killings a ‘ pos­i­tive step’

Army this week ad­mit­ted killing 10 Ro­hingyas

The Asian Age - - World -

Yangon, Jan. 13: Myan­mar’s civil­ian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has wel­comed an un­prece­dented Army ad­mis­sion that se­cu­rity forces car­ried out ex­tra- ju­di­cial killings of Ro­hingya Mus­lims as a “pos­i­tive step”, state- backed me­dia re­ported on Satur­day.

Af­ter months of staunch de­nials of abuse, the Army on Wed­nes­day said a probe found four mem­bers of the se­cu­rity forces helped kill 10 Ro­hingya mil­i­tant sus­pects at Inn Din vil­lage on Septem­ber 2, leav­ing their bod­ies in a hastily dug pit.

Some 655,000 Ro­hingya have fled western Rakhine state to Bangladesh since Au­gust, car­ry­ing with them con­sis­tent ac­counts of atroc­i­ties by Myan­mar’s army.

Rights groups have ac­cused No­bel Lau­re­ate

In the end, rule of law in the coun­try is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of that coun­try. It is a pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tion that we are tak­ing the steps to be re­spon­si­ble — Aung San

Suu Kyi,

Myan­mar’s civil­ian leader

Suu Kyi of fail­ing to con­demn the wide­spread abuses dur­ing the army crack­down, which fol­lowed raids by mil­i­tants from the Arakan Ro­hingya Sal­va­tion Army ( ARSA).

Af­ter meet­ing the Ja­panese for­eign min­is­ter on Fri­day Suu Kyi raised the army’s ad­mis­sion of in­volve­ment in the Inn Din killings as a “new step taken by our coun­try”.

“In the end, rule of law in the coun­try is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of that coun­try. It is a pos­i­tive in­di­ca­tion that we are tak­ing the steps to be re­spon­si­ble,” she added, ac­cord­ing to a re­port car­ried by the Global New Light of Myan­mar.

Myan­mar’s army has a grim track record of rights abuses chis­elled out across the coun­try over 50 years of rule.

Ob­servers hoped the emer­gence of Suu Kyi’s civil­ian gov­ern­ment in 2016 would see the army ease up on its no­to­ri­ous “scorched earth” ap­proach to re­bel­lion and con­flict.

The un­re­lent­ing Ro­hingya crack­down ban­ished those hopes.

— AFP

A girl im­i­tates the hand ges­ture of the cardboard cutout of Thai Prime Min­is­ter Prayuth Chan- O- Cha at Gov­ern­ment House dur­ing Chil­dren’s Day in Bangkok on Satur­day.

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