UPDATED 8:31 AM PT – Wednesday, September 9, 2020
A pair of former Myanmar soldiers recently testified at the International Criminal Court at the Hague, giving insight into the alleged genocide of Rohingya Muslims.
On Tuesday, two soldiers confessed to following orders to take part in separate massacres and bury the bodies in mass graves. This comes amid an investigation into the leaders of the Myanmar military to see if they committed acts of genocide.
The soldiers said the orders were given in August 2017 during the alleged crackdown Rohingya by the Myanmar military. The crackdown led to the killing of more than 6,700 Rohingya, including 730 children.
“These confessions demonstrate what we’ve known all along, which is that the Myanmar military was intent on destroying the Rohingya,” stated Matthew Smith , CEO of Fortify Rights. “This is also significant because it indicates that Myanmar is not, the Myanmar military is not protected or immune from the wheels of international justice.”
— Matthew Smith (@matthewfsmith) September 9, 2020
Since august 2017, more than 700,000 refugees have fled the country in escape of the country’s so-called “clearance” campaign. Meanwhile, legal experts expect the investigation to last for years.