Villagers Demand Answers as Myanmar Rights Commission Visits Rakhine Shooting Site

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission has sent a survey team to investigate the shooting deaths early this month of seven civilians held in military custody in troubled Rakhine state’s Kyauk Tan village, where survivors continue to reject the army’s account of a riot by captured villagers.The incident in Kyauktan on May 2 left six people dead and eight wounded, one of whom died on May 14. They were among 275 people rounded up and held in army custody in a school compound for interrogation about possible connections to the Arakan Army (AA), an ethnic armed group fighting national forces for greater autonomy in Rakhine state.Soldiers and eyewitnesses have presented different accounts of what happened in the school compound. Members of National Human Rights Commission, led by Yu Lwin Aung and Myint Kyi visited Kyauk Tan village on Wednesday.“This is very sensitive issue. We can’t tell you about the finding for now. I cannot share my individual perspective for now,” said Yu Lwin Aung..............


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