Monday, 10 August 2020

Teknaf, Bangladesh:  The World Refugee Day was celebrated in the refugee camps of Nayapara, Kutupalong and unregistered refugee camp of Kutupalong with refugees and other concerned officials on June 20, according to a refuge committee member.
 
The UNHCR controlled refugee camp celebrated the World Refugee Day with refugees and concerned officials in the morning. The camp-in-charge, Mr. Nazam Uddin delivered the opening speech.
 
In his speech, he urged the refugees to maintain law and order for the safety of the camp and its people. If refugees solve the problem within the camp, it is best, otherwise the problem will be transferred to the police or court, said a school teacher from the camp.
 
The Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), another Bangladeshi officer Mr. Jalal Uddin, said that if refugees want to stay peacefully in the camp, or to resettle to a third country or wish to go back to their homeland, they are most welcome. We will try to fulfill the demand of the refugees and meet their needs, he added.
 
The UNHCR field officer, Ms. Maynowa, WFP officer Ms. Malandy with Technical Assistant Corporate (TAI) and RTM officers delivered speeches.

Mr. Syeed Ahmed and Ms. Fatayma delivered speeches on behalf of the refugees about their need for education to improve their quality and standard of life. Domestic violence had increased in the camp where awareness is needed, said a refugee woman who faced domestic violence.
 
The programme was concluded with a rally in the camp, music, dance and drama.
 
In the unregistered camp in Kutupalong, more than 200 refugees joined the function of the World Refugee Day with other people who support them along with some journalists, said Meah, the refugee committee member of the camp.

“Why we are not recognized as a refugee by UNHCR and Bangladesh. We come here to escape persecution by the ruling junta in Burma. If the Burmese authority gives us equal right as other ethnic groups, we will go back to our homeland. If not, we want to stay here as refugee,” according to the refugee committee.   
 
There are about 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh including 28,000 official refugees in two official camps of Kutupalong and Nayapara, and more than 40,000 in a makeshift camp in Kutupalong, Lada while there are 500,000 in Saudi Arabia, 400,000 in Pakistan, 35,000 in Malaysia in which several thousand non-Rohingyas are mixed by illegal corrupt people among the authorities, according to a NDPHR statement of on World Refugee Day issued on June 20, 2009.

The Burmese Rohingyas of Arakan, are the worst victims of human rights abuses, not only in Burma but also in countries of their refuge, particularly, in Muslim countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates etc. as none of these countries are party to the United Nations Refugee Instrument, the statement said.
 
“It is regretful to observe that our suffering people are widely neglected by our own sheltered and settled people besides responsible communities and agencies. Our leaders have claimed about the sole representation and responsibility of entire Rohingyas for chair, name and fame but where are those leaders hiding when they are badly needed by our hapless people. Where is our conscience, care, brotherhood and accountability towards our subjugated people while their children and daughters are crying for help? Let us ask and judge ourselves how fair and balanced are we towards our people,” said A.R Arakani from USA who sent a massage to Rohingya refugees.
 
It is critically required to raise strong voices by our settled Rohingyas in a unified way dwelling in many parts of the world as our refugees are not provided sufficient protection and assistance by either host countries or United Nations, he said.
 
In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly established 20 June as World Refugee Day. Since then it has been celebrated around the world each year saluting the indomitable spirit and courage of the world’s refugees.