Rohingya people are 'victims of crimes against humanity', says UK aid charity head

Rohingya people are 'victims of crimes against humanity', says UK aid charity head

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund director, Alistair Dutton, made the comments during a visit to a refugee camp (Stock photo)

Monday, December 18, 2017

The head of a UK aid charity has said the people of the Rohingya have suffered “crimes against humanity.”

Refugees of the Muslim minority group have been fleeing violence in their original state of Rakhine, in Burma, describing a campaign of systematic murder and genocide by soldiers and Buddhist leaders.

Despite a recent deal agreed by the Bangladesh and Burmese governments to repatriate them, more refugees continue to stream across the border.

As of the moment, an estimated 646,000 have made the dangerous crossing since the rise in violence in Rakhine.

The director of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF), Alistair Dutton, said it was clear the Rohingya were victims of crimes against humanity, from “whoever perpetrated them.”

Speaking while on a visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh – where a number of Rohingya have fled – Dutton said everyone he had spoken to had seen or known someone who had family killed.

SCIAF has so far raised more than £160,000 to help the Rohingya.