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ED: A tragic loss

  • Published at 09:11 pm September 30th, 2021
Rohingya leader Mohib Ullah
FILE PHOTO: Mohib Ullah, a teacher turned rights activist, was one of the most high-profile advocates for the Rohingyas. He was invited to the White House and to speak to the UN Human Rights Council Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The immediate response must be to get to the bottom of this incident

It is a matter of great sorrow that Rohingya leader Md Mohibullah has been shot to death by a group of unidentified criminals in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya upazila, Cox’s Bazar.

Mohibullah had been a voice for peace and reason in the refugee camps, and had provided the sort of leadership that was required for the Rohingya as they were compelled to flee their homeland due to the systematic brutality and attempts at genocide by the Myanmar military.

However, his death highlights the ever-growing concern of security in the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar -- it is clear to see that, despite the vast resources being spent, the environment within the camps is not one where refugees are safe.

This speaks of the requirement by the authorities concerned to pay attention to security and law and order within the camp premises, and raises questions as to what role it is that the Bangladesh authorities who are currently at the camps are playing.

Suffice to say, the immediate response must be to get to the bottom of this incident. This includes the need to identify the criminals who were responsible for this attack, and bring them to book, while sending a clear message that anyone with such intentions of causing unrest in the camps will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

Moving forward, however, we must do a better job of creating a safer environment in the Rohingya camps, be that finding alternatives such as the Bhashan Char where some of the Rohingya can be moved, or beefing up security so that criminals do not gain access to guns and other such weapons that could be used for murder.

The Rohingya have suffered enough, and as long as they are within our borders, it is our responsibility to keep each and every one of them safe.

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