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Rohingya insurgents say they have no option but to fight Myanmar

Rohingya insurgents say they have no option but to fight Myanmar

If convicted they face up to 14 years in prison.

Myanmar Army investigation panel has determined that villagers and security forces killed 10 Rohingya allegedly affiliated with Muslim militants who launched a series of attacks on security outposts in northern Maungdaw a year ago.

Some Rohingya have accused security forces of committing atrocities against them during the crackdown, which was triggered by deadly attacks by Rohingya insurgents on police outposts.

"Partners have identified about 20 children separated from their families during the violence but estimate the total number to be at least 100 - most of whom are in parts of northern Rakhine state that they still can not access", Unicef spokesperson Marixie Mercado told journalists in Geneva during a briefing on her visit to Myanmar from December 6 through January 3.

"We have a total of 25 witnesses", he told RFA's Myanmar Service.

The district judge said the decision on the petition for bail could be decided during the next trial.

"We never made any mistakes, they are trying to stop us and intimidate us", said 31-year-old Wa Lone, as eight police officers ushered him out of the court, his tearful wife still clutching his hand. They were held incommunicado for two weeks.

"Actually, their arrest was entrapment", Than Zaw Aung said. They had been investigating the recent military operations in Rakhine State when they were arrested on 12 December 2017. "Most of them don't have any documents or evidence because the Myanmar army and security guards burned their houses, and they had to flee to Bangladesh".

"These two policemen are now witnesses for the plaintiff's side", he said. Then members of the security forces shot them dead, the military said.

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"He is not very well and didn't have time to eat while he was in court", she said.

"We would like to ask the Myanmar government to determine citizenship according to these documents", he said. "We will try to get justice in accordance with the law".

The rights group Amnesty International said the statement from the military was "a sharp departure from the army's policy of blanket denial of any wrongdoing". "We are thinking about doing campaigns during every hearing they have".

Hossain's request that the court protect his son from arrest was also rejected, Saju added.

"These arrests have not happened in a vacuum, but come as authorities are increasingly restricting independent media", Amnesty International said in a statement.

"It was planned entrapment", he said. Myanmar regards them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. "It is not good for press freedom, and the images of the government and the military will be damaged".

But Myanmar's government has claimed not to have confirmed any excessive use of force. But after the United Nations requested Myanmar to allow officials to enter the country so that accusations of human rights abuse could be investigated, Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said that the country would carry its own investigation, refusing to let the United Nations in.

The news agency said that little is known of the accusations against the journalists, other than that they were detained for allegedly possessing classified documents related to Rakhine state.


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