JS body for screening NGOs working for Rohingyas

Mohiuddin Alamgir | Published: 00:05, Oct 12,2017 | Updated: 23:40, Oct 11,2017

 
 

The parliamentary standing committee on the foreign affairs ministry asked the government on Wednesday to screen all NGOs working in Cox’s Bazar helping the Rohingyas who fled violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh.
The standing committee at its meeting in the parliament complex made the recommendation so that none could misguide and misuse the humanitarian crisis with ill motive.
‘We have asked government to screen all NGOs working for Rohingyas,’ standing committee member Mahjabeen Khaled told New Age.
‘We came to know that the activities of at least three NGOs –– Muslim Aid
Bangladesh, Islamic Relief and Allama Fazlullah Foundation –– were suspicious,’ she said.
‘Standing committee came to know that some people are preaching Islam under the cover of relief works,’ she added.
The parliamentary body also recommended that the foreign ministry should take immediate steps to introduce a chapter on Rohingyas in the textbooks for creating clear conception on the ethnic minority group among the people.
Mahjabeen said that they made the recommendation as Myanmar in their textbooks termed Rohingyas Bengali Settlers. ‘We need to be careful about their propaganda,’ she said.
The committee also suggested continuation of diplomatic effort for the repatriation of all Rohingyas, who entered Bangladesh at different times.
According to UN estimation on Tuesday, 5,21,000 Rohingyas entered Bangladesh in the past seven weeks in the new influx what the United Nations called the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency.
The new influx began after Myanmar security forces responded to Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army’s reported attacks on August 25 by launching a violence that the United Nations denounced as ethnic cleansing.
Officials estimated that the new influx already took to 9.39 lakh the number of Myanmar people living in Bangladesh.
Local people and leaders, however, said actual number Rohingyas entering Bangladesh would be much more.
Rohingyas fled unrest in Rakhine state in 1978, 1991-92 and October 2016 and almost all of them too shelter at Teknaf and Ukhia areas of Cox’s Bazar, which housed two registered Rohingya camps with 34,000 Rohingyas and several others unregistered camps and countless makeshift camps. 

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