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11 February 2018, 11:46 | Devin Moran
UK foreign minister set to visit Rohingya refugee camp
Police arrested two Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, on December 12 for allegedly obtaining confidential documents relating to Rakhine and have accused them of violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act.
This comes after a Reuters report on a recent massacre in Myanmar brought calls for an independent probe.
Prosecutors are seeking to charge Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo under Myanmar's Official Secrets Act, which dates back to the time of colonial British rule and carries a maximum 14-year prison sentence.
Myanmar has staunchly denied the charges and blocked United Nations investigators from the conflict zone, souring relations with a host of western allies.
It included photographs of the victims, hands bound kneeling on the floor before the killing - and of their bodies in a pit after.
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.
Johnson, who later flew to Rakhine state, wrote on Twitter that he raised the "importance of (Myanmar) authorities in carrying out full & independent investigation into the violence in Rakhine".
Paet said that the European Union, member state and the global public must also increase their financial and material contribution to help the Rohingya refugees.
Buddhist villagers reported no attack by a large number of insurgents on security forces in Inn Din and Rohingya witnesses said that soldiers plucked the 10 from among hundreds of men, women and children who had sought safety on a nearby beach.
There was no comment from the government following the publication of the report.
But Myanmar vehemently denies systematic abuses by its security officers, despite a mounting volume of evidence pointing to atrocities.
"Talking just to some of my fellow foreign ministers from around the world, there is so much confusion still, and I think the role of journalism in setting the record straight is absolutely vital", Johnson said.
Almost 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine and crossed into southern Bangladesh since August, when attacks on security posts by rebels triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide.
Members of Myanmar's security forces will face legal action over the hacking and shooting deaths of Rohingya Muslims in restive Rakhine state, a government spokesman said.
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