Rights group accuses Myanmar army of village massacre

October 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Asia, newsletter-asia

Rakhine, October 6, 2017: Myanmar’s military has summarily executed several dozen Rohingya Muslims in a village in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, a human rights group says.

Soldier’s beat, sexually assaulted, stabbed, and shot villagers who had gathered for safety in a residential compound in the village of Maung Nu on Aug. 27, two days after Rohingya militants attacked a local security outpost and military base, Human Rights Watch said on Oct. 4.

It could not verify the number of villagers allegedly killed, saying accounts of the massacre came from survivors who managed to flee to Bangladesh.

Satellite photos showed the village had almost been totally destroyed by fire, the rights group said.

“All the horrors of the Burmese army’s crimes against humanity against the Rohingya are evident in the mass killings in Maung Nu village,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

“These atrocities demand more than words from concerned governments; they need concrete responses with consequences.”

Human Rights Watch said it had spoken to 14 survivors and witnesses from Maung Nu and nearby villages in the Chin Tha Mar village tract of Buthidaung Township.

The witnesses, who fled to Bangladesh, said that after the militant attacks they feared the military would retaliate. Several hundred people gathered in a large residential compound in Maung Nu after which several Myanmar soldiers entered while others surrounded it.

They allegedly took several dozen Rohingya men and boys into the courtyard and then shot or stabbed them to death. Others were killed as they tried to flee.

The soldiers then loaded the bodies — one hundred or more, according to some witnesses — into military trucks and took them away.

– ucan

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