Boris Johnson pushes Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya refugees


Two months after Pope Francis visited Myanmar and Bangladesh, Cardinal Charles Bo said Friday that even though the Myanmar government was making plans to receive Rohingya back, many would opt to go elsewhere.

The Reuters special report, published overnight, lays out events leading up to the killing of 10 Rohingya men from Inn Din village in Rakhine state who were buried in a mass grave after being hacked to death or shot by Buddhist neighbours and government military.

It is the first time that Reuters has publicly confirmed what the two journalists, Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were working on at the time of their arrest two months ago.

The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre was what prompted the arrest of two of its reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were detained on December 12 previous year for allegedly obtaining confidential documents.

Mr Johnson toured the camp and afterwards said the "horrendous living conditions" further strengthened his commitment to finding a solution.

Action will be taken against 10 members of Myanmar's security forces in connection with the killing of captured Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, a government spokesman said yesterday, adding it was not related to a Reuters report on the incident.

Pakistani Taliban claim attack that killed 11 soldiers
An officer was among those who died in the bombing, which was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban in an email to journalists. Security forces and police have cordoned off the area and a search operation was started to arrest the terrorists.

It contains graphic pictures of the victims before and after the massacre, along with interviews with Buddhists who admitted to setting Rohingya homes on fire and killing Muslims after Rohingya insurgents attacked security posts last August.

Human rights groups and diplomats from around the world have also called for their release, but the two have been denied bail.

Hundreds of thousands of the Muslim minority have fled what the United Nations has called a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. The next hearing is scheduled for Feb.14.

Boris Johnson has met Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for talks amid the Rohingya refugee crisis.

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

Since last August, over 688,000 Rohingya people have fled slaughter in Myanmar to go to Bangladesh, joining around 340,000 Rohingya who had previously fled.