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UN special envoy visits Rohingya camps

Cox’s Bazaar Correspondent
|  20 Jan 2018, 00:00 | Update : 20 Jan 2018, 17:23
United Nations Human Rights affairs special envoy Yanghee Lee has arrived in Cox’s Bazaar to see the condition of Rohingyas who took shelter in Bangladesh following army crackdown in Rakhine state of Myanmar.

She visited the Damdamia Rohingya camp in Teknaf at around 9 am on Saturday.

She then talked to 10 male and 10 female Rohingya people at the reception center of Teknaf Nature Park. The Rohingya people described the repression upon them while conversation with her.

Nearly eight lakh Rohingyas were forced to leave their motherland following army repression that triggered after attack on army camps in August last year. The incident is going on still at present. Rohingyas are taking shelter in the refugee camps in the coastal areas of Bangladesh after crossing the venturous sea and river ways. There a humanitarian disastrous situation has already occurred.

36 thousand 373 orphan children were identified among the Rohingyas who fled Myanmar. Bangladesh has registered more than 10 lakh Rohingyas already.

The United Nations has termed the incident as ‘a text book example of ethnic cleansing’. The Buddhist majority Myanmar is avoiding to indentify this population as ‘Rohingya’ and also unwilling to recognize them as their citizens or singular ethnic group.

Whereas according to the agreement on January 16  between Joint Working Group of Bangladesh and Myanmar the Rohingya repatriation process will begin in the next week and will be concluded within two years. Each day 3 hundred Rohingyas will return to their country. Myanmar will consider whether the number would be increased after several months. For this a list of one lakh registered Rohingyas was handed over to Myanmar government from Bangladesh.

According to Reuters and BBC report, a small number of Rohingyas are trying to uphold some demands after raising question on this repatriation process. Of their demands there is, to build a safe zone in Myanmar under UN supervision before shifting them to the country.

A group of Rohingyas staged demonstration in a camp on Friday taking their stand against the repatriation process. More than hundred Rohingyas took part in the demonstration at a block in Kutupalong refugee camp. But the local administration said they are not aware of the incident.

During the visit of Yanghee Lee officials of International Organization of Migration (IOM) and international donor agencies were present.

Later she visited Nayapara Rohingya camp in Teknaf at around 12 pm and Roikkhong Rohingya camp in the afternoon.

UN special envoy Yanghee Lee arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday night and reached in Cox’s Bazaar on Friday afternoon. She was scheduled to visit Myanmar in this month but due to prohibitory order she came to Bangladesh instead of visiting there.

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