Reuters says Myanmar detained its journalists over Rohingya massacre probe

EU Parliament delegation goes to Myanmar, as evidence of genocide spreads

EU Parliament delegation goes to Myanmar, as evidence of genocide spreads

Britain's foreign secretary has said it is "vital" that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh should be allowed to return to Myanmar "in safety and with dignity".

In a statement ahead of the visit, the British Foreign Secretary said he would be "talking to State Counsellor Suu Kyi and other regional leaders about how we can work together to resolve this appalling crisis", reports Efe news.

The United Nations has described the exodus of Rohingya as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) estimates 6,700 Rohingya died in the first month of violence.

Myanmar authorities deny the allegations but have virtually cut off northern Rakhine, barring independent media from accessing the conflict-hit areas.

A Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar prompted a demand from Washington for a credible probe into the bloodshed there and calls for the release of two journalists who were arrested while working on the report.

She has refused to change tack.

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After a visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh, the British foreign secretary stressed there should be worldwide oversight of any repatriation to Rakhine province, from which thousands fled last summer.

Two Reuters journalists now in detention in Myanmar were arrested by authorities there because they were investigating a mass execution of minority Rohingya Muslims in the country's Rakhine state, the news agency has said.

Neighbouring Bangladesh has agreed a timeframe with Myanmar for repatriating Rohingya people.

The pair now face up to 14 years in prison on charges of possessing classified documents in violation of the colonial-era Official Secrets Act.

The Reuters report drew on interviews with Buddhists who confessed to torching Rohingya homes, burying bodies and killing Muslims in what they said was a frenzy of violence triggered when Rohingya insurgents attacked security posts last August.

After months of denying abuses by its troops, Myanmar's military admitted in January that security officers helped in the killing of 10 Rohingya men in Rakhine's Inn Din village.

Johnson was expected to fly to Bangkok later on Sunday for a visit that will include meetings with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the Thai chairman of an advisory board on the Rohingya crisis.

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