Rohingya crisis: Boris Johnson presses Aung San Suu Kyi to take action

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

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

Johnson arrived in Myanmar from Bangladesh, where he visited with Rohingya refugees.

"Action according to the law" will be taken against seven soldiers, three policemen, and six villagers as part of an army investigation, said government spokesman Zaw Htay on Sunday.

On Jan 10, the military had said the 10 Rohingya men belonged to a group of 200 "terrorists" who had attacked security forces.

Reuters news agency has published a report by two arrested reporters on the massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

It is the first time Reuters has publicly confirmed what Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were working on when they were arrested on Dec.12 on the outskirts of Yangon.

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The arrests were "not because of Reuters news".

Almost 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine and crossed into southern Bangladesh since August, when attacks on security posts by rebels triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide.

Myanmar's leader and Nobel Peace Prize Aung San Suu Kyi is facing worldwide criticism, including from fellow peace prize victor Desmond Tutu, for not doing more to stop what the United Nations says are mass killings, rapes and the burning of villages taking place in Rakhine state.

The two men face up to 14 years in prison on charges under a colonial-era Official Secrets Act of possessing classified documents.

Referring to the Reuters report, Johnson said: "It's an extremely brilliant piece of reporting, providing a very, very important testimonial which I will be bringing up tomorrow, you can be sure, with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and others".

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The United Nations has described the exodus of Rohingya as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

"I underlined the importance of the Burmese authorities carrying out a full and independent investigation into the violence in Rakhine, and to hold to account those responsible for human rights violations".

Boris Johnson has said Rohingya Muslim refugees should return to Myanmar only of their own accord and when the "conditions are right". Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, and says its security forces mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.

Suu Kyi - a Nobel Peace Prize laureate - has faced a barrage of worldwide criticism for failing to halt the violence against the Rohingya.

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