Johnson urges Aung San Suu Kyi to help Rohingya refugees

Casey Dawson
February 12, 2018

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.

He demanded "what we all want to see is a safe, a dignified and secure returns for the people, for the Rohingya, back to their place of origin".

The meeting followed Johnson's visit to a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, where almost 700,000 Rohingya have sought sanctuary since fleeing Myanmar since August a year ago.

United Kingdom foreign secretary has urged Myanmar to seek a secure and grand method for the return of Rohingya Muslims.

Touring a camp which is home to 500,000 refugees, he met Rohingya families and community leaders to learn about the persecution they have suffered, and heard first-hand about the challenges that life in the camps presents.

"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", Johnson said in a statement, using the alternative name for Myanmar, released after the meeting and a brief trip to northern Rakhine.

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Earlier Mr Johnson met Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali. "We need to make those points together to the government in Naypydaw", he said.

Since last August, over 688,000 Rohingya people have fled slaughter in Myanmar to go to Bangladesh, joining around 340,000 Rohingya who had previously fled.

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

Almost 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine and crossed into southern Bangladesh since August, when attacks on security posts by rebels triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide.

Mr Johnson will also meet the chair of the Advisory Board on the Rakhine Advisory Commission, Surakiart Sathirathai.

Britain is one of the biggest direct donors of aid for the humanitarian effort to help the refugees.

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