On Tuesday, United States ambassador Nikki Haley criticised Myanmar’s government for continuing to make life for Rohingya Muslims “a death sentence,” citing the reporting of mass graves by The Associated Press and other news organisations.
Myanmar’s government “regularly denies the existence of massacres and mass graves and claims to be fighting ‘terrorists,’“ Haley said. “But what Kadir found that day indicated that the military knew what it was doing was wrong and didn’t want the world to know.”
She also cited evidence of “another massacre and mass grave” in the fishing village of Inn Din, discovered by two Reuters reporters who are now imprisoned.
Haley said they reported that police ordered villagers “to participate in the killing, dismemberment and burial in a mass grave of 10 Rohingya men and boys.” She called for the reporters’ immediate release, saying “unhindered media access is vitally important.”
“Numerous reports of systematic widespread and coordinated acts of violence strongly indicate that crimes against humanity have been committed in Rakhine,” said Sweden’s deputy UN ambassador Carl Skau.