Monday, 21 June 2021

Teknaf, Bangladesh: A registered Rohingya refugee from Nayapara camp was arrested by camp security officers on November 27 over allegations of illegally leaving the camp to go fishing, said one camp resident.

The detained man was identified as Mohamed Nasir, 35, from Block D. Security officers reportedly dragged him by his shirt to their camp after finding him repairing his nets.

A relative of Mohamed Nasir said he was kept at the camp for a night and only released after paying 1,500 taka to the Sub-Inspectorate Nepal, the police officers.

The World Food Programme, which supplies the refugee camp with limited food supplies, does not give fish or other meats, said a community leader, who added that refugees often fish to supplement their food supplies to support their families.

Camp residents say that police and camp security often enter the camp to arrest residents arbitrarily for the purpose of extorting money.

“We face the same problems and persecutions from the Bangladeshi authorities in the refugee camps as we do from the Burmese military in Arakan State”, said one refugee on condition of anonymity.

Refugees say the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the current head of the camp Saiful Islam Mujamdar have not taken necessary steps to stop the harassment and assaults against refugees.

When Nazam Uddin was administrating the Nayapara camp, conditions were much safer, residents said.