The public admission of wrongdoing is the military's first since it launched "clearance operations'' against ethnic Rohingya in August
In a major development on Wednesday, Myanmar Army chief’s office confirmed that a mass Rohingya grave was found in Rakhine state, reports AFP. The report said that Myanmar’s military has acknowledged that its security forces and Buddhist villagers killed ten Rohingya Muslims whose bodies were found in a mass grave in a village in troubled Rakhine state. The public admission of wrongdoing is the military’s first since it launched “clearance operations” against ethnic Rohingya in August, prompting more than 650,000 to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh in what the United Nations has called “ethnic cleansing.”
A statement today on the military commander-in-chief’s Facebook page said that Rohingya found in the mass grave had threatened Buddhist villagers and were killed in retaliation.
Earlier the United Nations and other groups accuse the military of widespread atrocities against Rohingya, including killings, rapes and the burning of homes. But the military has insisted that there was no wrongdoing by any security forces.
More than 630,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since security forces in neighbouring Myanmar launched a violent crackdown against them on August 25, turning it into Asia’s worst refugee crisis in decades. The United Nations and the US accuse Myanmar’s military of human rights violations against Rohingya in Rakhine, including killings, rapes and the burning of homes. The UN has condemned the violence as ethnic cleansing.
International rights groups blame the government and military for being unwilling to investigate possible wrongdoing by government officials and have urged the government to accept the assistance of international investigators.