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B'Desh Police Arrest Rohingya Refugees for Trying to Hold Protest

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh protest to fulfill demands before their repartriations.

RB News
January 23, 2018

Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh -- The Bangladesh Police arrested 3 Rohingya refugees in 'Ukhia' area on Monday (Jan 22) for reportedly trying to stage a protest, reports say.

The 3 refugee figureheads from 'Kutupalong camps' visited 'Zamtoli Camps' yesterday apparently to organize a protest against the forced repartriation of the refugees from Bangladesh to Burma (Myanmar).

"First, they were arrested and detained by the Bangladesh Army at around 11:30 am. After investigations, they were released in the afternoon.

"And at around 8 pm, the Ukhia Police arrested and detained them. They are still physically in safe condition in the Police custody but will be detained up to 7 days under the charges which we don't know", said an eyewitness at 'Zamtoli' Camps.

The 3 refugee figureheads are identified as: 1) Muhibullah s/o Fazal, 2) Ali Hussain s/o Rashid Ahmed and 3) Abdu Jaber s/o Kabir Ahmed.

We were unable to reach out to the Ukhia Police (through telephone) for further verifications and the latest information on the detainees.

More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh to escape from Genocide that the Burmese military and the Rakhine Buddhist extremists have unleashed in Arakan state, Burma, since August 25, 2017.

An overwhelming majority of them do not to be repatriated to Burma until and unless their ethnic status and citizenship are restored; the safety and securities for their lives are guaranteed; and other basic human rights are ensured through effective interferences of the UN and the international community.

[Reported by MYARF; Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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