Rohingya refugees shot dead by Bangladesh police during gunfight

Clay Curtis
August 25, 2019

Myanmar instead considers them to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Addressing another occasion in the capital, Obaidul said that the government was putting its highest effort to bring Bangladesh Nationalist Party acting chairman Tarique Rahman back to country to ensure punishment handed down by court in cases related to August 21, 2014 grenade attack.

Some 200,000 Rohingya rallied in a Bangladesh refugee camp to mark two years since they fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces, just days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees.

The ministry confirmed China and Japan had facilitated repatriation, and it had been the Chinese government that informed them earlier this month of Bangladesh's intent to re-start the process.

Bangladesh police said the rally at Camp-4 near Madhucharara, which was attended by about 100,000 Rohingya, ended peacefully.

The killings came as the Rohingya are set to commemorate the second anniversary of their mass influx into Bangladesh from Rakhine after the brutal military campaign.

She said Myanmar is grossly violating people's rights and had blocked her access to the country since late 2017. The refugees have also insisted on receiving Myanmar citizenship and other rights that the Buddhist-majority nation has refused to grant them. A repatriation deal was signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar in 2017 and 2018, but as I wrote a year ago, without a concrete commitment regarding their safety and the granting of citizenship, the Rohingya will continue to refuse the repatriation plea.

"Many stated that they do hope to go home to Myanmar as soon as conditions allow and that assurances regarding their citizenship status, freedom of movement, and security in Myanmar could be provided", it said, adding that U.N agencies need access to the refugees' home areas. Myanmar also refuses to provide access to worldwide investigators to monitor the situation, and in terms of coverage of the Rohingya plight, press freedoms are very limited.

He made the remarks at an event in Dhaka on Friday, a day after a second attempt to repatriate the Rohingyas fell flat following first attempt made in November past year.

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Many refugees refuse to go back, fearing more violence, Radhika Coomaraswamy, an expert from the U.N. Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, told reporters Thursday, as persecution continues to threaten them in the South Asian nation. Bangladesh is to endure the pressure of so many people….

Another important factor is the law and order situation inside the camps.

"About 100,000 Rohingyas joined in the biggest one in Camp-4", said Nurul Islam Majumder, an officer at a police station in Ukhya sub-district of Cox's Bazar.

"In Rakhine State, where sexual and gender-based violence was committed on a massive scale during the Tatmadaw's "clearance operations" of 2016 and 2017, the Mission documented gang rapes, rapes and other forms of sexual violence", it said.

Mohammed Salim said he fled when his home in Myanmar was burned, crossing jungle to get to the camp where charities provided food and clean water.

"Why should we go back to Myanmar without an assurance of citizenship and security?"

"Now we are passing good time, we are happy here. they burned our houses, took away our cattle, seized our lands".

The investigators were forced to travel to refugee camps in Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia, and meet with aid groups, think-tanks, academics and intergovernmental organisations.

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