completing jail term in Bangladesh to be deported
Dhaka, Feb 26: 289 releases prisoner (RPs)
of Burma origin have been languishing in Cox’sBazar
district jail for a long time though their conviction periods have been over
six to seven years ago, according to local sources.
there are 730 foreign prisoners, some of whom have already completed their
conviction period about 10 years ago.
Some of them had to remain in jail even for more than 10 years’ without any
reason’, an official from Bangladesh
said, adding that most are Burmese nationals.
The number of under-trial prisoners of Burmese nationals in Cox’s Bazar jail is 101, including three females.
officials of the Ministry of Home affairs are sitting at a meeting today
(Thursday) to thrash out a workable plan to send back those prisoners as they
financial burden of Bangladesh.
government budget is not sufficient to provide them all necessary things except
only food. Thus Bangladesh
government will take necessary measures to send all of foreign prisoners back
to their countries as early as possible, the official added.
But a number of Burmese prisoners do not want to be released and deported to Burma
due to fear of persecution by Nasaka, the Burma
border security force, after deportation. Even the released prisoners are not
willing to be ‘ pushed backed’ for the same reason.
Most of the Burmese prisoners in Cox’s Bazar jail
hail from northern Arakan state of Burma
dominated by ethnic Muslims. People from Arakan state
flee the area and intrude into Bangladesh illegally due to fragile
socio-economic and alleged political causes like forced labour,
persecution, torture, violence against women, restriction on free movement,
lack of opportunity for employment and medical facilities, said a local human
rights activist of Cox’s Bazar.
He added that the condition of the detained prisoners from Burma
is very miserable.
The number of convicted person of Burma
nationality in Cox’s bazaar jail is 289 of whom seven have been recognized as
refugees by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR), it is learnt #