Japan Urges Safe Return Of Rohingya Refugees

  • Japan Urges Safe Return Of Rohingya Refugees

Japan Urges Safe Return Of Rohingya Refugees

Rights groups have accused Nobel Laureate Suu Kyi of failing to condemn the widespread abuses during the army crackdown, which followed raids by militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono asked Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday to ensure the "safe and voluntary repatriation and resettlement" of members of the Rohingya ethnic group who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar's strife-torn Rakhine state.

Myanmar's State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to the media during a joint press conference with Japan's foreign minister on Friday.

Many refugees start at transit centers set up along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border before they are brought to the main refugee camps in Cox's Bazar.

"Japan is willing to help [the Myanmar government] make the country a place where communities from different faiths can live together peacefully", Kono said to the village chief.

Myanmar's military admitted this week that soldiers and villagers were responsible for the deaths of 10 Rohingya Muslims found in a grave last month in Inn Dinn village of Maungdaw Township.

Meanwhile, a total of United States dollars 71.2 million was received which is 85% of the request (USD 83.7 million) from donor worldwide bodies and countries as an initial emergency response, the UNHCR said.

Observers hoped the emergence of Suu Kyi's civilian government in 2016 would see the army ease up on its notorious "scorched earth" approach to rebellion and conflict.

"We have made a decision to provide the aid in response to the agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to represent an global message of support so that the repatriation can be carried out promptly", said Foreign Ministry official Shinobu Yamaguchi in a statement. "This incident happened because ethnic Buddhist villagers were threatened and provoked by the terrorists".

Myanmar refutes the allegations, blaming militants for causing the violence and the global media and aid agencies for spreading false information due to a pro-Rohingya bias.