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Showing posts with label Cox's Bazar. Show all posts
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Bangladesh Cracks Down on Crime at Rohingya Camps, Nets Dozens of Suspects

Radio Free Asia - RFA

Police launched the operation after the killing of refugee leader Muhib Ullah last month.

Bangladesh foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen (center) listens to a relative of slain Rohingya leader Muhib Ullah during a visit to the crime scene at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Oct. 9, 2021.

Courtesy Armed Police Battalion, Cox's Bazar

Bangladesh police have arrested nearly 40 refugees, including many suspected of involvement with illegal weapons and drugs, since they launched a crackdown against criminality at Rohingya camps after community leader Muhib Ullah was slain last month, an official said Tuesday.

Among the dozens of Rohingya refugees taken into custody as part of the crackdown, five are suspected of being linked directly to the Sept. 29 killing of Ullah, a prominent Rohingya activist, at his office in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar district, according to the authorities.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Bangladesh arrests members of Rohingya insurgent group after refugee leader’s murder

South China Morning Post
Published: 3 Oct, 2021

  • Mohib Ullah, who was killed on Wednesday, had met former US president Donald Trump and joined a UN Human Rights Council session in 2019
  • Three suspects with links to an armed insurgent group were detained and are being interrogated, officials said.
Bangladesh police officials stand guard near the crime scene after the Mohib Ullah a top Rohingya community leader, was shot dead in Cox’s Bazaar. Photo: EPA-EFE

Police inBangladesh arrested three suspects believed to have links to an armed insurgent group among Rohingya refugees, as officials promised justice for the killers of a prominent Rohingya rights activist.

“The killers will certainly be brought to justice. None will be spared,” Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Saturday, three days after the murder of Mohib Ullah, the head of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH).

Arrests in Rohingya leader death probe

OCTOBER 3 2021 
Nazrul Islam
The search for the killers of Rohingya leader Mohib Ullah continues in Bangladesh.

Police in Bangladesh have arrested three suspects believed to have links to an armed insurgent group among Rohingya refugees, as officials promised justice for the killers of a prominent Rohingya rights activist.

"The killers will certainly be brought to justice. None will be spared," Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Saturday, three days after the murder of Mohib Ullah, the head of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH).

Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Invisible Wounds of the Rohingya

By Ana Salvá
September 30, 2021

The situation in the refugee camps has worsened over the years, causing irreversible damage to the mental health of their inhabitants.

Zaifur Hussein, 50, managed to escape the fire that swept through the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in March, but he lost his home. While taking refuge with friends, Hussein witnessed dozens of people dying – and how the fences around the camps made it difficult to get out.

Hussein’s story was one of those shared by Reuters news agency in its coverage of the disaster. The March 2021 fire had a devastating effect on these camps, where more than a million refugees live in southern Bangladesh. Black smoke billowed over burning huts and tents as people scrambled to retrieve their possessions.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Vaccination at Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps begins tomorrow

The Daily Star
Star Digital Report
Mon Aug 9, 2021 
Rohingya refugee children at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar. File photo: Reuters

Covid-19 vaccination campaign for Rohingyas in the refugee camps of Cox's Bazar will begin tomorrow, reports our local correspondent quoting the district's civil surgeon.

Md Mahbubur Rahman, Cox's Bazar district civil surgeon, told The Daily Star that the vaccination campaign will begin 11am tomorrow at the Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhia, Cox's Bazar. Syed Rezwan Hayat, the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), will accompany him.

We must focus on building Rohingya and host community resilience

The Daily Star
Robert Chatterton Dickson
Wed Aug 25, 2021 
Rohingya refugees stretch their hands to receive aid distributed by local organisations at Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, September 14, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

This month marks the fourth year since the flight of more than 730,000 Rohingya from Myanmar's Rakhine State to Bangladesh after a military-led crackdown. The exodus followed decades of systemic disenfranchisement, discrimination, targeted violence and persecution against the Rohingya in Myanmar.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Rohingya women testify in Argentina court on ‘brutal massacre in Rakhine state’

The Daily Star
Wed Aug 18, 2021
Rohingya refugee girls are seen at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. Photo: Anisur Rahman/ Star file

In a historic development, Rohingya women have described how the Myanmar military carried out a brutal massacre in their village, in an Argentinean court of law, under the aegis of universal jurisdiction.

Speaking remotely to the Federal Criminal Appeals Court in Buenos Aires from Cox's Bazar on Tuesday, the women told how soldiers killed their husbands in Chuk Pyin, Rakhine, Myanmar, according to a statement from the Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK).

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Rohingya Boat Capsize: UNHCR ready to support rescue work

The Daily Star
Unb, Dhaka
Mon Aug 16, 2021 

NHCR, the UN refugee agency, has said it is in contact with Rohingya communities both on Bhasan Char and in Cox's Bazar to support further rescue efforts following Saturday's boat capsize in Bay of Bengal.

On the morning of August 14, UNHCR was alerted that a boat carrying dozens of Rohingyas had capsized close to Bhasan Char island overnight.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Fire victims at Rohingya camp get relief materials

Independent Online Desk
13 June, 2021
Faith in Action, a non-governmental organization, in collaboration with the international organization KNH Germany, distributed the relief materials among the fire victims at Rohingya camp-9 under Ukhiya of Cox’s Bazar on Friday.

A total of 560 Rohingya, persecuted Myanmar citizen, fire victims of 125 families got relief materials which included three lungis, 12 T-shirts, 8 pairs of sandals, two blouses, one scarf, two trousers, two pillows, two bedsheets, and two bags, according to a press release.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

2 Rohingyas killed in landslides at Cox’s Bazar refugee camps

Dhaka Tribune
Abdul Aziz, Cox’s Bazar
June 5th, 2021
Heavy rains since Friday night caused landslides at two refugee camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar on Saturday Dhaka Tribune

The incidents took place at Mainarghona camp in Ukhiya’s Balukhali union and at Chakmarkul camp in Teknaf’s Hoaikong union on Saturday

Two Rohingya refugees have been killed in separate landslide incidents triggered by heavy rains at two refugee camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Bangladesh may be forced to recognize Myanmar’s national unity government

May 28, 2021
Rohingya refugees receive aid distributed by local organizations at Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 14, 2017. (Reuters)

As Bangladesh continues to struggle to provide adequately for the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, near the border with Myanmar, the best possible solution for everyone involved — from the Rohingya themselves to their hosts — would be if the refugees could safely return home to their ancestral lands. But, whereas the previous government of Myanmar under Aung San Suu Kyi at least pretended it was interested in allowing the Rohingya to return, the new military junta has already indicated it will stop pretending altogether.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Rohingya women produce reusable sanitary pads in Cox’s Bazar

27 May 2021

“Amidst the unstable conditions that we are living in, coming to the Women-Led Community Center gives us the opportunity to invest our time, energy and skills into a productive activity that can benefit us and the women in our community,” says Junaida, a young Rohingya woman living in the sprawling Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.

Since January 2021, Junaida has been coming to the UNFPA-supported Women-Led Community Center in her camp to receive training on producing reusable sanitary pads for women in the Rohingya community. The aim of the initiative is to support Rohingya women to take care of their menstrual hygiene in a sustainable manner, as well as to give them the opportunity to cope with the stress caused by the ongoing crisis by engaging in activities beneficial for their community.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Bangladesh's efforts for Rohingya’s in Bhashan Char an example to the world: UNGA president

BSS, Dhaka
25 May, 2021

President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Volkan Bozker on Tuesday highly appreciated Bangladesh's efforts for Rohingyas in Bhasan Char saying it will be another example to the world on how to deal with refugees.

"This would be another example to the world on how to deal with refugees," he said in a joint media briefing at Foreign Service Academy.

The UNGA President said he could not visit Bhasan Char but he saw a video on Bhasan Char and acknowledged the high-level works in Bhasan Char including precautions and safety measures.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

International aid for Rohingya in Cox's Bazar camps declines


Bangladesh is concerned about funding cuts to the refugee aid programme for Muslims who fled Myanmar. Donor conference comes up with only 35 per cent of what is required. UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi tells donors not to take for granted the host community’s patience, asks Asian donors to step up to the plate.

Dhaka (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued an appeal this week to fund the 2021 Joint Response Plan destined for Rohingya refugees in Bangladeshi camps. So far this year, funding is down.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Thirty Rohingyas rescued off Teknaf coast in Cox's Bazar

Staff Correspondent
Cox's Bazar, Teknaf
Coastguards rescued 30 Rohingya people from drifting boat on 27 April, 2021.Collected

Bangladesh Coast Guard on Tuesday rescued 30 Rohingyas from a boat drifting in the Bay of Bengal near Teknaf of Cox's Bazar while making a trip from Bangladesh to Malaysia.

According to the coast guard, the rescued Rohingyas are residents of refugee camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar.

Among the Rohingya people, five were children, five men and 20 women.

Till 1:00pm, the rescued people were kept under the coast guard custody at Baharchhar in Teknaf upazia. They were being handed over to the police at the time.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Bodies of three Rohingya found with throats cut in Cox's Bazar camp

Cox's Bazar Correspondent, 
Published: 24 Apr 2021
The bodies of three people, including a married couple, have been found with their throats slashed in a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar's Ukhia.

The Armed Police Action Battalion (APBN) recovered the bodies from the Kutupalong Rohingya Camp 2 East in Rajapalong Union on Friday.

The dead have been identified as Nurul Islam, 33, his wife Mariam Khatun, 26, and sister-in-law Halima Khatun, 20, all residents of the camp, according to SP Naimul Haque, captain of APBn's Cox's Bazar-14 unit.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Covid-19: 10 Rohingyas dead, 507 infected since last year

The Daily Star
Star Digital Report
April 20, 2021

File photo/Reuters

A total of 507 Rohingya refugees were infected with Covid-19 in the camps of Cox's Bazar since the coronavirus outbreak started March last year.

Dr Md Mahbubur Rahman, civil surgeon of Cox's Bazar, confirmed the information to our Cox's Bazar staff correspondent.

Of the 507 infected Rohingyas, 10 died from Covid-19, the doctor said.

Currently, nearly 8,88,457 Rohingyas are living in 34 refugee camps in Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas of Cox's Bazar, added our correspondent.

According to the Cox's Bazar Civil Surgeon's office, a total of 7,590 people were infected with coronavirus in Cox's Bazar district till yesterday since March last year and 89 people died. Among them, 507 are Rohingya refugees and the remaining are local residents of Cox's Baza.

Monday, April 12, 2021

South Korea provides $1m to IOM to support Rohingyas affected in recent fire

Dhaka Tribune
April 10th, 2021
Massive fire at Balukhali Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar on Monday, March 22, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

The donation will support activities in response to the recent Rohingya camp fire in Cox’s Bazar

The government of South Korea has decided to provide emergency support of US $1 million to the International Organization of Migration (IOM) in order to support the humanitarian activities in response to the massive fire that broke out recently at the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.