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Myanmar says soldiers, police facing action over village killing

Myanmar says soldiers, police facing action over village killing

Today, Johnson and Suu Kyi "discussed in an open and friendly manner the latest developments in Rakhine State, including planning for the reception of returnees who fled", Myanmar's Foreign Ministry said in a Facebook post alongside photos of the pair meeting.

Despite tracing their presence in Rakhine back centuries, Rohingya have been denied basic rights in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, the country also called Burma, where they are seen as Bangladeshi interlopers.

Government spokesman Zaw Htay said that "action according to the law" would be taken against seven soldiers, three members of the police force and six villagers as part of an army investigation that was initiated before the Reuters report was published.

In the story, Myanmar said its "clearance operation" is a legitimate response to attacks by insurgents. "And we are not giving blanket denials".

A Myanmar government spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

More than 620,000 Rohingya are thought to have fled to Bangladesh following persecution from the Burmese military.

Rohingya refugees sheltering in Bangladesh must be allowed to return to their homes in safety, Boris Johnson has warned. "This evidence marks a turning point because, for the first time since this all started to unfold in August, we have heard from the perpetrators themselves".

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The two-hour long opening ceremony of the first Winter Olympics in South Korea was held under the slogan, "Passion, Connected". South and North Koreans marched together under a unified flag at the games' opening ceremony.

Human Rights Watch said Myanmar's military leaders should be held accountable in an global court for alleged crimes against the Rohingya population.

"The global community needs to stop stalling and do what's necessary to hold accountable those who are responsible before evidence is tainted or lost, memories fade, and more people suffer", said the group's chief executive Matthew Smith.

On January 10, the military said the 10 Rohingya men belonged to a group of 200 "terrorists" who had attacked security forces.

The United Nations said the report's details were "alarming". "They remain held & must absolutely be released".

"The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre was what prompted Myanmar police authorities to arrest two of the news agency's reporters", the report said.

Fresh reports of mass graves in Rakhine, and the arrest of two Reuters journalists investigating an alleged massacre, have heaped new pressure on Suu Kyi to condemn the army, who she is in a delicate power-sharing arrangement with. They are in prison while a court decides if they should be charged under a colonial-era act.