TDN World Desk:Two boats carrying around 500 Rohingyas were denied by Bangladesh to enter in its territories. Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Bangladeshi government to allow these Rohingya refugees stranded in the Bay of Bengal for weeks to come ashore.
“The Bangladesh government should immediately allow hundreds of Rohingya refugees stranded in two trawlers in the Bay of Bengal to come ashore and receive necessary food, water and healthcare,” the rights watchdog said in a statement.
The International Rights body’s statement came after Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Rohingyas at sea will not be allowed to take refuge into the country.
“No more Rohingya will be allowed in,” he said.
Brad Adams, Asia director at HRW called on other countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand to persuade Bangladesh government to provide asylum to these Rohingyas.
“Concerned governments should call on Bangladesh to bring these two Rohingya boatloads ashore and provide generous financial support for these and other refugees living in overcrowded camps [in Bangladesh’s southern district of Cox’s Bazar],” he said.
UN described Rohingyas as the most persecuted people in the world. According to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly women and children, fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh. In 2019, Muslim West African country Gambia filed genocide suit against Myanmar at the international court of justice.