Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed military confession over the murder of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine. Suu Kyi praised the acknowledgment as a positive move.
After months of disputes, Myanmar’s military for the first time on Wednesday said the investigation showed that four soldiers helped kill 10 Rohingya militant suspects in the village of Inn Din on September 2, 2017. Their bodies were laid in an excavated pit in a hurry.
More than 600,000 Rohingyas have abandoned Rakhine and fled to Bangladesh since the military launched a massive operation in August 2017. The Rohingya refugees reported on the atrocities committed by the Myanmar military. But the Myanmar military denied it until finally admission was made on Wednesday (10/1).
Suu Kyi praised Myanmar’s military recognition of involvement in the murder of Rohingyas at the Inn Din as “a new step taken by our country.”
“Ultimately, the rule of law in the country is the responsibility of the country, it is a positive indication that we are taking steps to be responsible,” Suu Kyi said as reported by Global New Light of Myanmar media and Saturday (14/1 / 2018).
Human rights group Amnesty International has named the murder at the Inn Din as “the tip of the iceberg” in terms of military atrocities since last August. Amnesty also called for a wider and impartial investigation.
Until now, the conflict areas of Rakhine are still declared closed to the media, humanitarian agencies and UN investigators (UN).