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Posted by: Charles Jul 5 2018, 10:16 AM
Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to deploy thousands of police to refugee camps to improve safety

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Photo: 19 people have been killed in the crowded camps since August last year. (AP: Manish Swarup)

Bangladesh is deploying thousands of extra police to Rohingya refugee camps in the south, officials said, after a series of mostly unexplained killings that have sown fear among hundreds of thousands of people who have fled from neighbouring Myanmar.

Since August, when a military crackdown in Myanmar forced many of the Muslim minority to cross the border into Bangladesh and seek shelter in the crowded camps, 19 people, some of them community leaders, have been killed.

Police have made a number of arrests in connection with some of the killings, but say the motives often remain unclear.

Conducted after dark and often by groups of men wielding pistols, knives, and sticks, the killings have sent a chill through the camps, which are guarded by the Bangladesh army during the day but manned by fewer police officers at night.

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Photo: The Rohingya are one of the world's most persecuted peoples, and hold no civil rights in Myanmar. (AP: Bernat Armangue)

AKM Iqbal Hossain, police superintendent of the coastal town of Cox's Bazar under whose jurisdiction the camps fall, said a special force of roughly 2,400 men was being formed to guard the refugees.

A second senior officer, Superintendent Afrujul Haque Tutul, said police numbers were already being increased.

"We have 1,000 police officers right now for a million people, so you can imagine," he said.

More than 700,000 Rohingya have taken shelter in Cox's Bazar district since August, joining thousands who were already living there, making it the world's largest and fastest growing refugee camp.

Even before the August exodus, there had been violence in the camps, which Bangladesh police and aid workers have previously blamed on a struggle for control of supplies to the camps.

The latest killing, of 35-year-old Arifullah, took place last month on a busy road outside the Balukhali camp, where he had been appointed a leader of thousands of refugees.

A group of men surrounded him on the evening of June 18, stabbing him at least 25 times, police said.

A pool of blood stained the spot the next morning.

Police said three Rohingya men had been arrested over the killing of Arifullah, who spoke English, had worked for international agencies in Myanmar, and often met foreign delegates who visited the camps.

Thousands still fleeing Myanmar: UN rights chief

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Photo: More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

So far this year, 11,432 have arrived in Bangladesh, where more than 700,000 have fled since an August 2017 military crackdown in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state, United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

"No amount of rhetoric can whitewash these facts," Mr Zeid said.

"People are still fleeing persecution in Rakhine — and are even willing to risk dying at sea to escape."

Many Rohingya refugees also report being pressured by Myanmar authorities to accept a national verification card that says they need to apply for citizenship, he said.

The citizenship issue is at the core of discussions on their status, Mr Zeid said, adding that the cards "mark the Rohingya as non-citizens, in keeping with the government's characterisation of them as foreigners in their own homeland".

Authorities in mainly Buddhist Myanmar deny carrying out large scale human rights abuses.

Authorities say a crackdown in Rakhine is a necessary response to violence by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militant group, which attacked Myanmar security posts.

While acknowledging the tragedy of this refugee crisis, especially the involvement of children and the frail and weak, to what extent has this been brought about by Rohingya militants?

The ARSA attacked Myanamar security posts leading to retaliation that led to Rohingyas fleeing. There is no doubt they were treated as second-class citizens in Myanamar but numerous countries have ethnic groups that are similarly outcast. Attacking security posts and aggravating the military is not the answer.

Worse still, we now have the situation where groups of Rohingya men are murdering their own community leaders. It is all very well for people to say we should accept numbers of these refugees into Australia, but how do we ensure that those numbers don't include militants and murderers?

Posted by: charka Jul 5 2018, 04:50 PM
Care factor zero get shy or greens to spend their own cash look at Europe wow turned into a crap hole

Posted by: scepo Jul 5 2018, 09:43 PM
I don't know enough about the history of this situation to make a comment here. I also don't have the time at present to research the topic.

Posted by: Bill Jul 6 2018, 12:11 AM
With I,000,000 refugees living in the conditions they have to endure in Bangladesh after the atrocities they have suffered at the hands of the Myanmar military, it's surprising that more people aren't being killed in these camps. The poverty, despair and mental health issues must be immense.

The response from the world is pathetic. e.g. Australia could only manage $15 Million to help the starving Rohingya, but could find $150 Million to lay a fibre optics cable to the Solomon Islands. On the bright side, the people of the Solomon Islands will have a fast world class internet, unlike many Australians - except me.

Don't worry Charles, There is no chance that large numbers of Rohingya refugees will be coming to Australia. Dutton won't invite them because.....well, you know why.

Posted by: scepo Jul 6 2018, 06:03 AM
Don't worry Charles, There is no chance that large numbers of Rohingya refugees will be coming to Australia. Dutton won't invite them because.....well, you know why.

Thank goodness for that.

Posted by: Charles Jul 6 2018, 09:46 AM
QUOTE (Bill @ Jul 6 2018, 12:11 AM)
Don't worry Charles, There  is no chance that large numbers of Rohingya refugees will be coming to Australia. Dutton won't invite them because.....well, you know why.

I'm not worrying Bill, I simply asked how we could be certain that there are no militants oir murderers within their midst.

As for me knowing why "Dutton won't invite them", I presume there are many factors. Among those factors are employment, housing, education and the welfare support required. In a country that already has many of its citizens homeless, living in poverty and in need of aged fare, do we have the capacity to add further burdens to our economy?

By all means, send further aid to these unfortunate people but spare a thought for those at "home" who need aid.

Posted by: charka Jul 6 2018, 12:05 PM
Yet we do not help our own to much

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