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UK's Boris meets Myanmar 's Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

UK's Boris meets Myanmar 's Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

Many Rohingya do not feel safe returning to a country where they have faced violent persecution and decades of discrimination at the hands of a country that has denied them citizenship. He cited security fears, continued discrimination and economic necessity.

Johnson met with the embattled Myanmar leader, whose reputation among the worldwide community has crumbled over her handling of the Rohingya crisis, in the capital Naypyidaw while on a four-day Asian tour.

'I underlined the importance of the Burmese authorities carrying out a full and independent investigation into the violence in Rakhine, and to hold to account those responsible for human rights violations'.

The hour-long meeting followed Johnson's visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district.

Neighbouring Bangladesh has agreed a timeframe with Myanmar for repatriating Rohingya people at a rate of 1,500 each week.

Over 688,000 people have fled their homes in Rakhine State since August 25 previous year, joining around 340,000 Rohingya who had previously fled.

The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called for the safe and dignified return of the Rohingya people to Myanmar.

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Human rights organisations have documented widespread abuse by the Myanmar Army against the Rohingya, including murders and rapes, during its military campaign against the minority, which the United Nations has described as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

He told Reuters in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh on Saturday that the violence in northern Rakhine clearly amounted to ethnic cleansing but observers and monitors should be allowed into the area to establish evidence.

"This once more attests to the need for a full and thorough investigation by the authorities of all violence in Rakhine State and attacks on the various communities there", United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in NY.

Buddhist villagers reported no attack by a large number of insurgents on security forces in Inn Din and Rohingya witnesses said that soldiers plucked the 10 from among hundreds of men, women and children who had sought safety on a nearby beach.

Two Reuters journalists detained for two months by Myanmar authorities were arrested for investigating a massacre of 10 Rohingya men, the news agency said in a report that detailed the grisly killings.

He will go on to Bangkok, Thailand, for talks with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.


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