Rohingyas demand Bangladeshi citizenship Unrest in refugee camp at Cox’s Bazaar
Cox’s Bazaar, 6 July 02: After a respite for some time, trouble has once again cropped up in the Rohingya refugee camp in
The plan to attack upon representatives of foreign donor and international agencies on Wednesday (3 July 02) is now viewed as a part of, according to a law enforcement personnel, ‘the design to foil the repatriation process’. The Rohingyas raised slogans in the refugee camps demanding Bangladeshi citizenship, which enraged a large section of the local people. Rohingyas are the Muslims from
There are at present about 21 thousand Rohingya refugees in the two refugee camps in the southeastern part of
Last month the Government of Bangladesh in an interministrial meeting took decision to repatriate Rohingya refugees and push the Rohingyas living illegally in the Bandarban and Cox’s Bazaar districts back. In the meeting it was stressed that the repatriation process should be stepped up.
As soon as steps to speed up the repatriation process were undertaken, the situation in the Rohingya refugee camps became tense. Armed Rohingyas who were so long residing out of the camp, engaged in criminal activities, have been reported to come back to the camps. Last Wednesday by the instigation of these armed members of the community, the refugees were about to commit the attack, it was learnt.
The police while trying to foil the premeditated attack got locked in a clash with the Rohingya refugees. That day a high-level team consisting of representatives from the World Food Programme, the UNHCR, the US Embassy in
While visiting on Thursday it was learnt that, a few hundred Rohingyas from the Nayapara camp raised slogans demanding the citizenship of
Officials told that seventeen families of the camp have refused to accept ration for the last three years, demanding for the establishment of democracy in
In fact the Rohingya refugees have resorted to violence in the camp to prevent the repatriation move. They have been reported to meet secretly in the camps for realizing their demands in this manner.
Officials at the camps fear that they might be held hostage by these elements in the camp for that purpose at any time. The Bangladeshi officials recently refused to talk to the representatives of the refugees on the prevailing situation as they ‘had every reason to fear to be taken hostage by the dissatisfied armed hoodlums’, as an official put it. The officials expressed their concern on the reports of the ‘grouping’ of armed Rohingyas within the refugee camp that might call in more trouble to a protracted crisis which is like a skeleton in the cupboard shared by both