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Rohingya: Rohingya refugee leader shot dead in Bangladesh camp – Times of India

Dhaka: An international representative of the ethnic Rohingya Refugees shot dead in a camp Bangladesh by unidentified gunmen late Wednesday night, police said.
Mohibullah, 50, was a teacher who emerged as a prominent refugee leader and spokesperson representing the Muslim ethnic group at international meetings. He visited the White House in 2019 for a meeting on religious freedom with then-President Donald Trump and spoke about the suffering and persecution of the Rohingyas. myanmar.
In the same year, he was severely criticized by Bangladeshi media when he led a massive rally of 200,000 refugees, including some 700,000 Rohingya, to mark the second anniversary of the crackdown by Myanmar’s military. Mohibullahto flee to neighboring Bangladesh.
Mohibullah was shot at by unidentified assailants at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia in Cox’s Bazar district. Naimul HaqueCommander of the Armed Police Battalion in Cox’s Bazar. He was taken to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.
No group has claimed responsibility and it is not immediately clear who was behind the attack.
Human Rights Watch described Mohibullah as an important voice for the Rohingya community. “He has always defended the rights of Rohingyas to have a safe and dignified return and have their say in decisions related to their lives and future. His killing is a clear demonstration of the risks faced by those in the camps who speak out against freedom and violence,” rights group South Asia director Meenakshi Ganguly said in a statement.
“Mohibullah’s death not only undermines the struggle of Rohingya refugees for greater rights and protection in refugee camps, but also undermines their efforts to return safely to their homes in Myanmar. Bangladesh authorities must immediately investigate the killing of Mohibullah and other attacks on Rohingya activists in the camps.
In all, Bangladesh is harboring more than 1.1 million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar after waves of past persecution.

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