We are deeply concerned at the soaring criminal activities in and around the Rohingya camps. It is worth mentioning that the number of yaba pills smuggled into Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar has surged by two and a half times under the current military regime compared to the amount reported during the rule of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
It is alleged that Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar have turned into dens of criminal activities. According to media reports, criminal gangs, active in the camps, often lock into bloody confrontations over control of markets, Yaba smuggling, and human trafficking. Also, Rohingyas have been engaged in serious confrontations with locals over supremacy of drug smuggling.
The recent reports of drug trade and increasing violence in the Rohingya camps are deeply concerning. It is disconcerting to note that over the last one year, the Armed Police Battalion (APBn) have seized more than 2 million yaba tablets and a large cache of firearms from 11 Rohingya camps in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar. Certainly such a situation calls for serious actions to curb crime in the Rohingya camps.
The authorities concerned should take necessary
measures to beef up security
as much as possible and catch the
especially the gangs that are carrying out
The authorities concerned should take necessary measures to beef up security as much as possible and catch the perpetrators especially the gangs that are carrying out criminal activities. Considering the prevailing situation, law enforcement agencies should take immediate actions to establish law and order in the refugee camps and surrounding areas.
Last but not least, relevant authorities should do the needful to restrain locals from taking law into their own hands.
Over the last five years, displaced Rohingyas have appeared as a serious burden on the economy and environment of Bangladesh. Needles to say, Bangladesh wants to resolve the Rohingya crisis through peaceful negotiation and the country expects similar reciprocity from Myanmar and international community.
It is crucial that the international community continues to maintain pressure on Myanmar to create a conducive environment so that the Rohingya refugees can return to their homeland with safety, security and dignity. We expect a more vigorous role of the international community on the diplomatic front to compel Myanmar to take back the Rohingyas.