BANGLADESH POLITICS: Government Bans Phones for Rohingya Muslim Refugees

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By Politicoscope September 24, 2017 11:51

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Roadblocks have been set up along major routes from the camp zones to stop the refugees from moving further into Bangladesh. The Rohingya refugees have been fleeing government-sanctioned violence in Myanmar, where they face death, torture, and rape at the hands of the Myanmarese military and Buddhist mobs, according to numerous reports and eyewitness accounts.

The United Nations has described the practices against the Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar as “ethnic cleansing.”

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BANGLADESH POLITICS: Government Bans Phones for Rohingya Muslim Refugees

The government in Bangladesh has banned telecommunication companies from selling mobile phone connections to Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar, imposing a communication blackout on the persecuted community.

Bangladesh’s four mobile phone providers were threatened with fines if they provide any of the nearly 430,000 newly-arrived refugees from Myanmar with SIM cards while the ban is in force.

“For the time being, they can’t buy any SIM cards,” Enayet Hossain, a senior officer at the Bangladeshi Telecoms Ministry, told AFP on Sunday.

The decision, taken on Saturday, was linked to “security” concerns, according to Junior Telecoms Minister Tarana Halim.

“We took the step (of welcoming the Rohingya) on humanitarian grounds but at the same time our own security should not be compromised,” Halim said, without elaborating on what specific security risk the refugees posed.

Bangladesh reportedly also prohibits the sale of SIM cards to those of its own citizens who cannot provide an official identity card.

Bangladesh’s telecoms authority said the ban could be lifted once biometric identity cards were issued to the newly-arrived refugees, a process the army says could take six months.

Nearly 430,000 refugees have been led into a handful of overstretched camps in Bangladesh near the border with Myanmar. Humanitarian groups have issued numerous warnings regarding the dire shortages of food, water, shelter, and toilets in the camps.

Roadblocks have been set up along major routes from the camp zones to stop the refugees from moving further into Bangladesh.

The Rohingya refugees have been fleeing government-sanctioned violence in Myanmar, where they face death, torture, and rape at the hands of the Myanmarese military and Buddhist mobs, according to numerous reports and eyewitness accounts.

The United Nations has described the practices against the Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar as “ethnic cleansing.”

– Press TV


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