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Bangladesh gets ‘tougher’ on Rohingya refugees

Bangladeshi military reported in a meeting that out of 1.2 million Rohingya refugees,there are 400,000 children who are not receiving any education

Following a failed attempt to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar last month, Bangladesh has started mounting pressure on the persecuted community.

A top Bangladeshi official told a news Agency that Dhaka might be inflexible in addressing the Rohingya crisis in the future and lambasted the international community for showing “less interest” to help resolve the Rohingya issue.

Until now, the international community have failed to visit those villages in Rakhine state (in western Myanmar), from where Rohingya people fled, but they are randomly working in Bangladesh without any interruption. Ignoring existing law and norms. We must be harder against this,” Shahriar Alam, Bangladesh’s state minister for foreign affairs said.

Alam said the host country must have the right to follow its “rules and regulations” in sheltering over a million refugees.

The displaced community demanded citizenship rights and a safety guarantee in the presence of the international community before being resettled in their original places in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, from where they fled.

Earlier this month, the Bangladeshi government ordered a ban on mobile phone services and selling of SIM cards at the refugee camps, an attempt to push hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to a communications blackout.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh army has proposed for setting up barbed wire fences around the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on “security grounds”.

On Sept. 4, the Bangladeshi military reported in a meeting that out of 1.2 million Rohingya refugees in 31 makeshift camps, there are 400,000 children — aged between 12 and 17 — who are not receiving any education and are posing threat not only to the country but to the entire region.

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