Amnesty International released a report on 22 May stating that new evidence had revealed ARSA terrorists massacred scores in Rakhine State, with the report hitting the headlines in international media yesterday.
Voice of America (VOA) aired the news titled “New evidence reveals ARSA terrorists massacred scores of Hindus in Rakhine State, says Amnesty International” in its 6 a.m. broadcast yesterday.
The VOA broadcast quoting the Amnesty International said that the ARSA armed group, brandishing guns and swords, was responsible for the massacre of up to 99 Hindu women, men, and children, as well as the additional unlawful killings and abductions of Hindu villagers in August 2017.
The BBC also broadcast its interview with Laura Haigh, member of the Amnesty International. In the interview, Laura Haigh said in its detailed
investigation inside Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Amnesty International found that 99 Hindu women, men, and children were killed in Kha Maung Seik Village by ARSA terrorists, and another six Hindus were also killed by ARSA terrorists in a separate massacre.
The ARSA terrorist group is responsible for the killings, said Laura Haigh in the interview with the BBC.
The revelation by the Amnesty International made headlines in foreign media, including in Al Jazeera, CNN, AFP, CNA, FOX News Channel, Sky News, The Straits Times, The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Daily Star, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Times of India, TIME and Bangkok Post.
The massacre occurred in August 2017, and the authorities found the mass graves in September, acting on information given by Hindus who were abducted and sent to Bangladesh by ARSA terrorists.
A total of 45 Hindu villagers were found in the mass graves.
According to information provided by Hindu women, ARSA terrorists came to their village and abducted 100 villagers and slaughtered them with knives.
Eight women were spared as they promised to convert to Islam, and they were brought to Bangladesh. The information provided by them led to the discovery of the bodies.
Myanmar’s state-run media released a report on 27 September 2017 that some 28 bodies were discovered in a pit some 1,500 metres north-west of Ye Baw Kya Village on 24 September 2017, while 17 bodies were found in another grave on 25 September 2017, and 48 were missing.
Besides this, the Information Committee of the government also reported that 144 Hindu villagers from O-htein Village in Maungtaw Township were missing.
On 27 September 2017, Independent media, including journalists from TBS, Asahi Shimbun, EPA, AFP, VOA, CNA, BBC, Xinhua, TV Asahi, Nippon, Frontier Myanmar and Reuters, visited the site where the bodies were found.
However, international media failed to report the massacre by ARSA terrorists, and they reported the ARSA’s unlawful killings of Hindus only when the Amnesty International revealed it.