DHAKA – The government in Bangladesh said on Thursday two aid agencies were banned from Rohingya camps, alleging that the nonprofits were telling refugees in the country’s Cox’s Bazar not to return to Myanmar.
Bangladesh’s NGO Affairs Bureau also accused the US-based Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and local Al Markazul Islami of secretly funding a Rohingyas rally in their camp last month.
“There is an allegation that they were instigating the Rohingyas (against returning) to Myanmar. We came to know that they secretly helped the Rohingyas for holding the rally on Aug. 25,” Abdus Salam, the director general of NGO Affairs Bureau, told EFE.
Rohingyas held a big rally in their camp in Kutupalng on southeast of the country on Aug. 25, seeking a dialog with the Myanmar government to secure their rights before they returned home.
The rally on the second anniversary of the start of the crisis, which was attended by at least 100,000 refugees, was held two days after a second attempt to start the Rohingya repatriation from Bangladesh to Myanmar collapsed on Aug. 23.
Those interviewed by the UN refugee agency and Bangladesh authorities refused to return home unless they were assured of citizenship, safety and rights to their original land. A similar attempt to start reparation also failed in November 2018
The mass exodus of the Rohingyas began two years ago when a rebel group carried out a series of attacks against security posts in the western Rakhine province which led to a disproportionate crackdown from the Myanmar military against the ethnic group.
Around 738,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh and have remained in refugee camps since then.
The military campaign, which has faced allegations of mass killings and rapes, has been described by United Nations observers as ethnic cleansing and possible genocide.