Boris Johnson challenges Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

Boris Johnson challenges Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

Boris Johnson challenges Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

Almost 700,000 Rohingya have fled the area since last August, carrying stories of atrocities at the hands of troops and vigilante groups in the Buddhist-majority country.

Burma and Bangladesh have agreed a schedule for repatriating the refugees.

Boris Johnson has been visiting camps on the Bangladesh border that hold the refugees who fled Myanmar to escape a military crackdown.

Boris Johnson has told Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi the United Nations refugee agency must be allowed to supervise the return of Rohingya refugees, saying it was clear many were terrified to return home.

The military on January 10 said the 10 Rohingya men belonged to a group of 200 "terrorists" who had attacked security forces, adding that Buddhist villagers attacked some of them with swords and soldiers shot the others dead.

On Saturday Mr Johnson visited refugee families in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, where many have fled to from alleged state persecution.

He said during the visit: 'I have seen for my own eyes the horrendous living conditions the Rohingya people are having to endure and it has only further strengthened my commitment to working with global partners to improve the lives of these people in 2018.


The foreign secretary paid tribute to the "hospitality and compassion" of the Bangladeshi government in providing humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya community, but emphasised refugee rights must be respected.

He said he also stressed the "urgent need to create the right conditions for Rohingya refugees to return to their homes in Rakhine".

Mr Johnson is due to tour Rakhine State with representatives from the Burmese military later.

And the refugees are anxious about the conditions and their rights upon their return.

Action will be taken against 10 members of Myanmar's security forces in connection with the killing of captured Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, a government spokesman said yesterday, adding it was not related to a Reuters report on the incident.

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

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