Japan has come to the help of Roingyas in Myanmar. Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono, who is on a visit to Myanmar, has urged Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi to guarantee the safe return of Rohingyas who have fled violence in Rakhine state. Japan’s government announced on friday a grant of $3 million to Myanmar to help repatriate the refugees.
Japanese Foreign Minister is on a three-day visit to the ASEAN member country. Kono’s visit also includes traveling to northern Rakhine where more than 6,50,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh to escape violence. The role of Myanmar’s army was severely criticized.
Myanmar and Bangladesh have now signed an agreement on the repatriation of Rohingya refugees on Nov. 23. Myanmar government would start the process by Jan. 23.
It is worth mentioning that Rohingyas faced huge violence in Myanmar. To save their life, many tried to escape the violence and reached neighboring Bangladesh. Majority of Rohinngyas are Muslim, attacks have also occurred against Hindu Rohingyas. The Myanmar army have been accused of wide-scale human rights violations, including gang rapes, arson and infanticides. Though Myanmar’s government dismissed these allegations. The US, and Turkey have criticised the role of Myanmar’s government. Rex Tillerson declared that the action of the Myanmarese authorities constitutes ethnic cleansing.