Japanese PM meets Aung San Suu Kyi; urges for investigation into Rohingya crisis

Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a meeting with Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He told that a credible investigation into alleged human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims is key to resolving the crisis. Speaking in a joint news conference after talks, Abe said Japan would support efforts by Myanmar to accommodate Rohingya who returned home from refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. He said the problem is complicated and serious. Aung San Suu Kyi said she welcomed Japan’s support “for our efforts for the refugees’ return.” Addressing to Japanese businessmen on Monday Aung San Suu Kyi had also pledged “transparency” over her government’s handling of the Rohingya crisis.

A day before Abe’s comments, the UN special rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee released a fact-finding report which concluded that Myanmar is “unable and unwilling” to investigate its abuses against Rohingya Muslims. 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh since August last year after widespread rights violations, including rape, murder, torture and burning villages, by Myanmar military.