Japan calls for credible Rohingya probe

MNA Exclusive Desk: Japan urged Myanmar for a credible investigation into alleged human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a joint news conference after holding talks on Tuesday with Aung San Suu Kyi that Japan will support efforts by her country to accommodate Rohingya who return home from refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh, reported news agency.

Myanmar’s military is accused of widespread rights violations, including rape, murder, torture and burning villages, which sent about 700,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh since August last year.

Buddhist-dominated Myanmar has denied abuses by its military.

Suu Kyi’s government has rejected independent international investigations into the alleged abuses and has commissioned its own probe.

Suu Kyi agreed on the importance of an “accurate and appropriate” investigation. She defended the government-commissioned panel as free and effective, and its members — one each from Japan and the Philippines and two from Myanmar — as experts on human rights and international issues.

“I welcome Japan’s support for our efforts for the refugees’ return,” said Suu Kyi, who is in Tokyo for a six-nation Mekong regional summit hosted by Japan.


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