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Civil Society, NGOs urges govt to shift Rohingya Camps

Staff Correspondent


Publish: 12:51 AM, 10 November 2017 Friday

Photo taken from internet

Photo taken from internet

A total of sixteen civil society organization and non-government organization from Cox’s Bazar who has formed the Cox’s Bazar CSO-NGO Forum (CCNF) urged government for enhanced involvement of UNHCR in the Rohingya crisis on Thursday.  

The organizations also urged the authority concerned to shift the Rohingyas to other districts, as the economy and ecology of the district is in danger.  

The press conference was moderated by Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of COAST also Co-Chair of CCNF, other speakers of the press conference was, Mr. Rahshed from Nongar, Mr. Jashim from ADAB, Mr. Aminur Rasul Babul from Unnayan Dhara and Mr. Moqbul from COAST too.

The group has distributed a position paper which contains 41 demands with analysis, divided in nine sections.

Rashed of Nongar Cox’s Bazar said that, due to Rohingya influx there will be total population increase in Cox’s Bazar district by the end of year will be 62 % while in the country is only 13 %, there are huge Rohingys in the town and also along the side of Marine drive, they should be shifted immediately. He also said, government and civil society must take steps on campaign to bring the Myanmar government and army to the international court of justice in the Hague for genocide. Mr. Moqbul of COAST demanded studies of Rohingya impact in natural resources, health and economy of Cox’s Bazar then there should be announcement of recovery steps from government before the next budget. He also urged for minimum 20 % development investment from aid money for the host community.

Mr. Aminur Rasul Babul of Unnayan Dhara said that, district administration and Rohingya relief operation should be separated, Relief Commissioner Office should be upgraded to “Secretary” level, and army officials should be deputed in the office for information, monitoring and coordination.