22 May, Tuesday


Boris Johnson presses Aung San Suu Kyi to take action - Rohingya crisis

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Boris Johnson has urged Myanmar's leader to take action on the Rohingya crisis after visiting the refugee camp now home to 700,000 Muslims.
 
Aung San Suu Kyi is facing mounting pressure to punish troops accused of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims and her reputation has been tarnished over her handling of the crisis.
 
Mr Johnson and Ms Suu Kyi met after the Foreign Secretary visited Cox's Bazar, a huge refugee camp in Bangladesh where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled after the army crackdown in Rakhine.
 
Boris Johnson meets with Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar
 
The UN has accused Buddhist-majority Myanmar, also known as Burma, of driving the Muslim minority over the border in an ethnic cleansing campaign, but the country has denied the charges.
 
UN investigators have been blocked from the conflict zone.
 
Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) estimates 6,700 Rohingya died in the first month of violence.
 
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (C) meets with Rohingya refugees at a camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on February 10, 2018. Johnson visited camps for Rohingya refugees who have fled from Myanmar, on his second day of a two-day visit to Bangladesh. / AFP PHOTO / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
 
Fresh reports of mass graves and the arrest of two Reuters journalists investigating massacres have piled more pressure on Ms Suu Kyi to condemn the army, who she is in a delicate power sharing arrangement with.
 
She has refused to change tack.
 
According to a Facebook post by Myanmar's foreign ministry, the pair "discussed in an open and friendly manner the latest developments in Rakhine State, including planning for the reception of returnees who fled".
 
Following his meeting the Foreign Secretary will travel to Rakhine, before going on to Bangkok for a two-day visit for meetings with junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha and the Thai chairman of an advisory board on the Rohingya crisis.
 
Before the meeting, Mr Johnson said: "The plight of the Rohingya and the suffering they have had to endure is one of the most shocking humanitarian disasters of our time.

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