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UK's Boris Johnson urges 'safe, dignified' return of Rohingya refugees

11 February 2018

They will visit Rohingya camps and meet worldwide NGOs working in the Rakhine State, Myanmar civil society organisations, religious and political leaders as well as the media. "The investigation was being conducted even before Reuters news", Zaw Htay said, adding that he was unable to specify what action would be taken against the 16 people.

"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.

"As more evidence comes out about the pre-planning and intent of the Myanmar armed forces to wipe out Rohingya villages and their inhabitants, the worldwide community ... needs to focus on how to hold the country's military leaders accountable", said HRW's deputy Asia director Phil Robertson.

Buddhist villagers reported no attack by a large number of insurgents on security forces in Inn Din.

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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 account marked the first time soldiers and paramilitary police have been implicated by testimony from security personnel in arson and killings in the north of Rakhine state that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide.

The Reuters report said witnesses denied there had been any major attack from Rohingya militants before the alleged massacre.

More than 600,000 men, women and children are estimated to have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh following persecution from the Burmese military in their native state of Rakhine, which began in August. And we are not giving blanket denials."If there was "strong and reliable primary evidence" of abuses, the government would investigate, he said".

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The UN has accused Buddhist-majority Myanmar, also known as Burma, of driving the Muslim minority over the border in an ethnic cleansing campaign, but the country has denied the charges.

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

The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called for the safe and dignified return of the Rohingya people to Myanmar.

"It is vital the public knows what happened and the world knows what happened in Rakhine and who was responsible", Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson told Reuters in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh.

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UK's Boris Johnson urges 'safe, dignified' return of Rohingya refugees