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US Secretary of State calls for investigation into Myanmar atrocities

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday for "a full and effective independent investigation" into allegations of human rights violations in Myanmar against the Rohingya population. 

Speaking at a news conference together with the defacto leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mr Tillerson said, "we’re deeply concerned by credible reports of widespread atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and by vigilantes who were unrestrained by the security forces during the recent violence in Rakhine State." 

“The recent serious allegations of abuses in Rakhine state demand a credible and impartial investigation and those who commit human rights abuses or violations must be held accountable,” he said.

Mr Tillerson's comments came following meetings with Ms Suu Kyi and the Myanmar's military leaders. 

“In all my meetings, I have called on the Myanmar civilian government to lead a full and effective independent investigation and for the military to facilitate full access and cooperation," he added.