2 former Myanmar soldiers confess to aiding in genocide

In this image taken from video provided by the Arakan Army, Private Myo Win Tun provides a video testimony from an undisclosed location somewhere in Myanmar on July 23, 2020. Two soldiers who deserted from Myanmar’s army have testified on video that they were instructed by commanding officers to “shoot all that you see and that you hear” in villages where minority Rohingya Muslims lived, a human rights group said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (Arakan Army via AP)

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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.”

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.

In this image taken from video provided by the Arakan Army, Private Zaw Naing Tun provides a video testimony from an undisclosed location somewhere in Myanmar on July 8, 2020. Two soldiers who deserted from Myanmar’s army have testified on video that they were instructed by commanding officers to “shoot all that you see and that you hear” in villages where minority Rohingya Muslims lived, a human rights group said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (Arakan Army via AP)

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