Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) in a report released today stated that the United Nations and the Government of Bangladesh have been deliberately making the Rohingyas easy prey to the traffickers and terrorists, and over 200,000 undocumented Rohingyas in Bangladesh are essentially waiting to be trafficked to the South East Asian countries.
“The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) states that at present it provides support to more than 32,000 registered refugees in two official camps at Nayapara and Kutupalong in the district of Cox’s Bazar but it (UNHCR) is concerned about the protection of some 200,000 to 500,000 undocumented Myanmar Rohingya in Bangladesh.
These undocumented refugees are the most vulnerable to traffickers and terrorists, and indeed over 200,000 Rohingyas in Bangladesh are waiting to be trafficked to South East Asia should they be able to organise finances. Though both the UNHCR and the Government of Bangladesh are aware of these facts, both have deliberately failed to register the documented Rohingya refugees, thereby not only facilitating trafficking but creating security concerns.Stated Mr Suhas Chakma of the Asian Centre for Human Rights.
Over 15,000 families of Rohingya Muslim refugees have been settled Naikhyongchari, Ruma, Lama, Alikadam and Sadar area of Bandarban district of the CHTs .ACHR highlighted the hypocrisy of the international community which has done very little, either to provide shelter to the Rohingyas or share the burden of their up-keep in the camps, other than sponsoring resolutions at the UN.
ACHR stated that the Rohingya crisis cannot be resolved by dumping the Rohingyas into the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, South East Asian countries or the Arab world and Myanmar must be pressed to resolve the issue consistent with international human rights standards.
ACHR recommended proper registration of the undocumented Rohingyas to prevent from becoming easy preys of the traffickers.
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