Japan calls for credible Rohingya probe
Published : Wednesday, 10 October, 2018 at 9:37 AM Count : 444
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, AP reports.
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.
Voice of America adds: 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.
Myanmar commissioned the panel after rights groups called for the International Criminal Court to investigate the alleged abuses. Myanmar's government, which is not a member of the court in The Hague, rejected any participation in its proceedings.
Myanmar authorities, including the army, have conducted their own inquiries and declared their forces free of criminal actions, leading critics to treat the latest government-formed commission as an effort to whitewash what the United Nations has characterized as ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.