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Authority crackdown Rohingya in Bangladesh

People, who have been rescued after a boat sank in Bay of Bengal sit in the office of Bangladesh Coast Guard in Teknaf November 7, 2012. A boat carrying about 110 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from neighbouring Myanmar sank in the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday as they were heading to Malaysia and about half of them were missing, a Bangladeshi border force officer said. REUTERS/Stringer

Ukhiya,
Bangladesh: 
The Bangladesh authorities – police, Border Guard
Bangladesh (BGB) and Coast Guard – accompanied by a group of locals
arrested more than 300 Rohingya refugees from Nayapara, Lada and
Kutupalong refugee camps on December 2, 2012, said a refugee from
Kutupalong official camp, who did not mention his name for security
reason.

The
police arrested Rohingya refugees while they were going to their
working stations – Teknaf land port, salt field, daily labors in
markets and cultivation fields, rickshaw pullers and fishing
industries.”

“They
were arrested by the police and locals from Teknaf-Cox’s Bazar
highway while returning to refugee (official and unofficial) camps by
different vehicles after finishing their works in the evening.”

Among
the arrestees, there are more unregistered refugees of Kutupalong
makeshift camp, Lada refugee camp, Nayapara official camp and
Kutupalong official refugee camp, said an unregistered refugee who
got release after paying money.

The
released refugee more said that the unregistered refugees went to
different local areas of Cox’s Bazar district for working because
of their survival as they don’t get any support from any
quarter.
The refugees were arrested by check points –Dum Dum
Meah, Wakham and Mawrisha and other areas Teknaf bus station, Ukiya
busstation, Cox’s Bazar. After arrest, they were gathered in a
place and demanded Taka 3,000 to 5,000 per head for their release. Of
them, who refused to pay money were severely beaten up by locals.

However,
some unregistered refugees and official refugees were released after
paying money Taka 2,000 to 3,000 per each, according to a refugee
watch group.

But,
who did not pay money or were unable to pay money were pushed back to
Burma, or sent to the jail, the watch group said.

“The
International community are trying to access for refugee rights in
Bangladesh, but, the authorities are going to crackdown the refugee
same as Burma, who flee from their homeland to save their lives.”

“If
authority issues an order for refugee, it will make very difficult to
refugee for their survival as the local authority made it a big
issue.”

A
refugee leader told the Kaladan Press Network (KPN) from the
makeshift camp, “We, unregistered refugees are very afraid to go
out of the makeshift camp for finding works because of arbitrary
arrests and harassment by police and locals.”

Source KPN: