Ten corpses found in Myanmar mass grave in Rohingya village says Army

Vastavam web: Myanmar’s army said it found 10 corpses in a mass grave in a largely Rohingya village in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, the epicentre of a violent military crackdown that triggered a mass exodus of the Muslim minority.Northern Rakhine has been gutted by violence that erupted on August 25, when the military launched a sweeping operation against Rohingya rebels who attacked police posts.Myanmar, a mainly Buddhist country, has aggressively denied the charges and largely blocked off access to the conflict zone.

Late yesterday the army said it had exhumed 10 bodies in a grave discovered earlier in the week in Inn Dinn, a village in Rakhine’s Maungdaw township.”An investigation is being carried out to uncover the truth behind the grave,” said a statement published on the army chief’s Facebook page, alongside blurred photos of skeletal bodies being dug out of a pit.”We cannot differentiate who the dead bodies were because we only saw their skeletons and bones,” he said.

The discovery of the mass grave comes one week after the arrest of two Reuters journalists who have closely covered the crisis in Rakhine.The area has been out of bounds to the media since the military crackdown began with the exception of closely- monitored press trips organised by authorities.Their families, lawyers and colleagues have not been told where the two are, nor been allowed any contact with them.

Reuters did not immediately confirm what the journalists were working on or if their investigation was linked to the mass grave in Inn Din.The arrests have deepened concerns about fragile press freedoms in the emerging democracy.Human Rights Watch today demanded the pair’s immediate release, echoing similar calls from the EU, US and UN.