Let Rohingya return home when conditions are right

Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village

Today, Johnson and Suu Kyi "discussed in an open and friendly manner the latest developments in Rakhine State, including planning for the reception of returnees who fled", Myanmar's Foreign Ministry said in a Facebook post alongside photos of the pair meeting.

Myanmar authorities deny the allegations but have virtually cut off northern Rakhine, barring independent media from accessing the conflict-hit areas.

A Reuters special report published this week laid out events leading up to the killing of 10 Rohingya men from Inn Din village in northern Rakhine state who were buried in a mass grave after being hacked to death or shot by Buddhist neighbours and soldiers.

"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. And we are not giving blanket denials."If there was "strong and reliable primary evidence" of abuses, the government would investigate, he said".

There has been no official comment from the government following the publication of the report. Myanmar denies ethnic cleansing, and says its security forces mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.

More than 620,000 Rohingya are thought to have fled to Bangladesh following persecution from the Burmese military.

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"We've been bystanders to a genocide", she said.

Human Rights Watch said Myanmar's military leaders should be held accountable in an worldwide court for alleged crimes against the Rohingya population.

The Reuters account of what happened in Inn Din is contradicted by Myanmar's military, which claimed the victims were "terrorists" who had attacked security forces.

Campaign group Fortify Rights also called for an independent investigation.

The United Nations on Friday described the details of the Reuters report as "alarming" and joined the United States in calling for an investigation into the violence in the state. "They remain held & must absolutely be released". Burmese citizens Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were detained on December 12 for allegedly obtaining confidential documents. They are in prison while a court decides if they should be charged under a colonial-era act.

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