Bangladesh has banned two non-government organisations (NGOs) from operating in Rohingya camps in country’s south-eastern Cox’s Bazar district for allegedly instigating the refugees to not return to Myanmar.
The two NGOs , Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Al-Markazul Islami, were also accused of secretly helping the Rohingyas to organise a rally in camp area on 25 August, reports bdnews24.
According to the report, Cox’s Bazar Deputy Commissioner Kamal Hossain said that Dhaka had issued order to halt the two NGOs’ activities in the southeastern district bordering Myanmar.
“We will take action on behalf of the district administration as per the instructions,” Hossain was quoted in the report as saying.
Besides, the government also ordered a halt on the bank accounts of the ADRA and Al-Markazul Islami.
The move came after Bangladesh government’s failed attempt to repatriate the Rohingyas to Myanmar as during the latest repatriation effort on 22 August, not a single refugee volunteered to cross the border back to their homeland.
Over 130 aid agencies work in the three dozen camps in Cox's Bazar, where the 740,000 Rohingya fled to after Myanamar military crackdown on them two years ago, joining some 200,000 others already living here.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.