23 Nov 2017

Kate Allen: Rohingya atrocities are a ‘crime against humanity’

Myanmar has signed a deal with Bangladesh to send hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees back home.

Earlier today Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi met the Bangladeshi foreign minister to discuss the details of the agreement. They say repatriations will begin within the next two months. More than 600 thousand people have crossed into Bangladesh since brutal “clearance operations” on Rohingya neighbourhoods began at the end of August. The United Nations has described it as “textbook ethnic cleansing”. And those who were forced to flee Myanmar say they now have “deep concerns” about returning to the country – with the government still refusing to accept them as a minority group.

The UK Director of Amnesty International Kate Allen expresses her concerns.