Myan­mar army’s ad­mis­sion of Ro­hingya killings a ‘pos­i­tive step’ – Suu Kyi

Manila Times - - WORLD - AFP

YAN­GON: Aung San Suu Kyi has wel­comed an un­prece­dented army ad­mis­sion that - 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

Rights groups have ac­cused No­bel Lau­re­ate Suu Kyi of fail­ing to con- demn the wide­spread abuses dur­ing the army crack­down, which fol­lowed raids by mil­i­tants from the Arakan

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

track record of rights abuses chis­eled out across the coun­try over 50 years of rule.

of Suu Kyi’s civil­ian gov­ern­ment in 2016 would see the army ease up on its no­to­ri­ous “scorched earth”

The un­re­lent­ing Ro­hingya crack­down ban­ished those hopes.

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

re­mains locked down to me­dia, aid agen­cies and UN in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

ARSA, the Ro­hingya mil­i­tant group, “whole­heart­edly” wel­comed the army’s ad­mis­sion say­ing it val­i­dated the wider al­le­ga­tions of abuses in­clud­ing a cam­paign of rape and mur­der and the sys­tem­atic torch­ing of vil­lages.

“These 10 Ro­hingya in­no­cent civil­ians found in the mass grave... were nei­ther ARSA mem­bers nor had any as­so­ci­a­tion with ARSA,” it said in a state­ment cir­cu­lated on Twit­ter.

The UN and US have ac­cused - ing, with the UN rights chief say­ing it may even be guilty of geno­cide.

blam­ing mil­i­tants for caus­ing the vi­o­lence and the in­ter­na­tional me­dia and aid agen­cies for spread­ing false in­for­ma­tion due to a pro-Ro­hingya bias.

The Ro­hingya are re­viled in Bud - lim in­ter­lop­ers from Bangladesh.

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