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16 February, 2020 12:58:52 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 February, 2020 04:11:18 PM
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Watchtowers, cameras being set up for Rohingya camp surveillance

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka
Watchtowers, cameras being set up for Rohingya camp surveillance

Watchtowers and CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras are being set up in and around the Rohingya camps for surveillance purposes to ensure security for the forcibly displaced Myanmar citizens. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told this to journalists in response to a query and added that the process of relocating one lakh Rohingyas from Cox's Bazar camp to Bhasan Char will begin on completion of erecting barbed-wire fences around the Cox's Bazar camp.

He was talking to the media after attending the Silver Jubilee celebration of Bangladesh Coast Guards at its Agargaon headquarters in the capital yesterday. “The army personnel are constructing barbed wire fence around the Rohingya camps to have a constant check on the Rohingyas so that they cannot leave the camps,” the minister said.

“The members of the all the forces especially the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Police, Ansar and VDP are working around all the Rohingya camps to ensure their security,” the minister said.

He further added that, “At least 11 lakh Rohingyas are staying in the camps, which is three times more than the local people of Teknaf.”

Expressing hope over repatriation of Rohingyas, the minister said, “The bilateral talks between the Bangladesh and Myanmar are going on. I’m quite hopeful that one day Myanmar will take back their people (Rohingyas).”

At the silver jubilee programme, the minister awarded a total of 40 personnel of Bangladesh Coast Guard with ‘Bangladesh Coast Guard Award’, ‘President Coast Guard Award’, ‘Bangladesh Coast Guard (Service) Award’ and ‘President Coast Guard (Service) Award’ this year for the best performances in their respective duty areas.  Addressing as the chief guest, the home minister said, at present, the Bangladesh Coast Guard has become a powerful force.

“The members of the force are vigilantly working to ensure security of the coastal areas with a view to controlling various offenses, preventing smuggling of ships and illegal fishing in the country’s coasts,” he added.

Senior Secretary of Public Security Division of Home Ministry Mostafa Kamal Uddin, Director General of Bangladesh Coast Guard Rear Admiral M Ashraful Haq and other senior officials attended the function.

Bangladesh is currently hosting more than 1.1 million Rohingyas in camps in Cox’s Bazar district. Most of them fled their homeland in Rakhine since late August 2017 when the Myanmar army and their local collaborators launched a brutal offensive targeting the minority Muslim population.

In a sweeping legal victory for the Rohingyas, the United Nations' top court - International Court of Justice (ICJ) – recently ordered Myanmar to take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people.

The court's president, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said the International Court of Justice is of the opinion that the Rohingyas in Myanmar remain extremely vulnerable.

MK

 

 

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