UK's Boris Johnson on "horror" of Rohingya crisis
February 12, 2018 | 12:16 PM
by Times TV

Britain's foreign minister, Boris Johnson, met displaced Rohingya Muslims on Sunday, February 11.

This meeting took place hours after he met Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw, a summit that he said left him unsure whether she "really understands the full horror of what has happened".

Nearly 690,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state and crossed into southern Bangladesh since August, when attacks on security posts by insurgents triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide.

The United States and the United Nations have called the military campaign against the Rohingya "ethnic cleansing". Myanmar denies that and says its security forces mounted legitimate counter-insurgency clearance operations.

Johnson's visit has been overshadowed by the case of two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar in relation to their report on events leading up to the killing of 10 Rohingya men from Inn Din village in northern Rakhine state, who were buried in a mass grave after being hacked to death or shot by Buddhist neighbours and soldiers. Johnson had said he would raise the case of the two journalists during his meeting with Suu Kyi.

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