UNHCR has not yet Signed the Annual Agreement and Threatens to pull out its Operations in Bangladesh
Chittagong, May 22, 2005: The (UNHCR) has not yet signed the annual agreement with the disaster management ministry of Bangladesh for the current year and threatens to pull out its operation in Bangladesh after a series of reported violations of human rights in two refugee camps for Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar, reports BDNEWS of Dhaka.
The repatriation of 20,000 Rohingya refugees, sheltered in the Nayapara
and Kutupalang camps, will face uncertainty, if the
disagreement over the human rights issues between the government and the UNHCR
is not resolved, fear officials working in
“We have already discussed the issue with the UNHCR,” said Shamim Ahmed, chief of the ministry’s Rohingya refugee cell. He admitted that the annual agreement with the UN agency was yet to be signed.
“We have sent a proposal over the annual agreement to the UNHCR. After the agency’s approval, it will need endorsement of the government on some required matters”, he further said. He, however, hoped that the repartition of the Rohingya refugees would start soon after both the parties reached a consensus.
The deputy representative of
‘The refugees in the camps have no freedom of movement... Virtually they are passing a captive life,” he said.
“We informed the
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