Myanmar says soldiers, police facing action over village killings

The 10 Rohingya men killed in Inn Din village in Myanmar's Rakhine state Sept. 2 2017

Speaking on Saturday after a visit to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, where over a million Rohingya Muslim refugees are cramped into crowded and unsafe camps, Boris Johnson expressed his horror at the conditions in which they are living.

The United Nations has described the exodus of Rohingya people from Rakhine state, and the military offensive which provoked it, as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

He met Rohingya families and community leaders to learn about the persecution they have suffered, and hear first-hand about the challenges that life in the camps presents.

Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) estimates 6,700 Rohingya died in the first month of violence.

United Nations investigators have been blocked from the conflict zone.

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.

She has refused to change tack.

Ahead of the talks, the UK's Foreign office said Johnson would press for an "end to the suffering in Rakhine and the safe and voluntary return of the refugees".

"Discussed importance of Burmese authorities in carrying out full & independent investigation into the violence in #Rakhine & urgent need to create the right conditions for #Rohingya refugees to return to their homes in Rakhine", Johnson wrote on his Twitter account of his meeting with Suu Kyi, who also serves as foreign minister.

Asked about the evidence uncovered about the massacre, spokesman Zaw Htay said on Thursday, before publication of the massacre report: "We are not denying the allegations about violations of human rights".

Two months after Pope Francis visited Myanmar and Bangladesh, Cardinal Charles Bo said that even though the Myanmar government was making plans to receive Rohingya back, many would opt to go elsewhere.

Others have no home to return to after their villages were torched in the military crackdown. The news agency says they were arrested because of their investigation and called for their release.

The panel was thrown into the spotlight last month after veteran USA diplomat Bill Richardson published a withering resignation letter saying he could not in "good conscience" sit on a board he feared would only "whitewash" the causes of the Rohingya crisis.

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