Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial Jul 01, 2020 0 218 12345 AFPYangonThree Myanmar military officers were found guilty by a court martial investigating atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in conflict-ridden Rakhine state, the army announced Tuesday.The rare action against military members came as Myanmar faces charges of genocide at the United Nations’ top court over a brutal 2017 crackdown against the Rohingya.Some 750,000 Rohingya fled to neighbouring Bangladesh with accounts of widespread murder, rape and arson.Rights groups accused security forces of committing atrocities in various villages, including Gu Dar Pyin, where they alleged at least five shallow mass graves had been found. Estimates from survivors in Bangladesh put the death toll in the hundreds. After initially denying the allegations, the military started court martial proceedings in September, admitting there had been “weakness in following instructions” in the village. The commander-in-chief’s office announced Tuesday the court martial had “confirmed the guilty verdict” and sentenced three officers. No details were provided on the perpetrators, their crimes, or sentences. Rights groups Amnesty International called the lack of transparency on the court martial “alarming”. “Closed door trials shrouded in secrecy, and marred by a lack of independence in the military judiciary system, are not the way to end military impunity in Myanmar,” said Amnesty’s Ming Yu Hah. Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi admitted at the International Court of Justice in December, however, that disproportionate force may have been used.The military has maintained any atrocities were committed by a few maverick individuals. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Xi signs contentious Hong Kong national security law Jul 01, 2020 0 338 India’s ban on TikTok and other apps draws sharp China rebuke Jul 01, 2020 0 219 Taiwan says ‘one country, two systems’ in Hong Kong has proven failed Jul 01, 2020 0 14 Philippine panel ‘quietly’ reviewing thousands of drug war deaths DPA Manila/Geneva The Philippine government has been “quietly” reviewing more than 5,000 deaths that occurred during its aggressive years-long crackdown on drugs, the country’s justice minister said Tuesday. In .. Pakistan PM blames India for stock exchange attack AFP Islamabad Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday blamed India for a deadly attack on the stock exchange in Karachi, saying there was “no doubt” who was responsible. “Our security forces fought and thwarted a .. New Zealand says APEC 2021 to be virtual summit AFP Wellington The annual APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders will be virtual next year to avoid travel risks associated with the global coronavirus pandemic, 2021 hosts New Zealand said Tuesday. Foreign Minister .. UN blames Afghan forces for deadly market shellig Kabul The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Tuesday blamed Afghan forces for firing mortar shells that struck a busy market in a southern province, killing at least 23 civilians. “UNAMA’s .. Two dead, four hospitalised after gas leak in India pharma plant New Delhi At least two workers were killed and four more hospitalized after a gas leak at a pharmaceutical plant in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh, police said on Tuesday. The incident occurred at the plant of .. Chinese researchers warn of new swine flu with potential for pandemic DPA Beijing Scientists in China have identified a variant of the swine flu virus that has the potential to develop into a human pandemic. The team led by George Gao from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention ..