Myanmar sentences soldiers for Rohingya killings
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/11/18, 10:19 am
Myanmar has sentenced seven military officials to 10 years in prison with hard labor for their roles in killing 10 Rohingya Muslims in a conflict that began in August 2017, the military said Tuesday. More than 650,000 Rohingya fled from Rakhine state in Myanmar, also known as Burma, into neighboring Bangladesh after the military launched a clearance operation, which the United Nations called “ethnic cleansing.” In January, the army in a rare move admitted that some soldiers killed 10 Rohingya Muslims in Inn Din village and buried them in a mass grave. “For the military personnel under the Military Act 71, four military personnel and three soldiers will be sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labor and to be permanently expelled from the army,” the military said in a statement. The international aid group Doctors Without Borders in December said the military’s operation killed at least 6,700 Rohingya between August and September of last year.
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Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.