rights group sheds light on Rohingya refugees facing Police violations

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Rohingya refugees in It is said that Bangladesh facing Rampant extortion, harassment and wrongful arrests by the elite tasked police with protection communityHuman Rights Watch said.

Armed Police Battalion (APBn) in Camps with nearly a million members of The stateless minority, most of them of who fled from neighboring Myanmar after a military That is the topic now of An investigation into the United Nations genocide.

But refugees and humanitarian workers told the New York-based watchdog safety deteriorated after loneliness took the shipment of Camp security in 2020 with Some Rohingya told AFP that the abuses had become “a.k.a regular incident.”

Police abuses in Cox’s Bazar camps have left Rohingya refugees are suffering at the hands of them of the same powers who It’s supposed to protect them,” Human Rights Watch Asia researcher Shayna Buechner said earlier Tuesday.

Rights group She said she has spoken to dozens of Rohingya refugees live in The camp is sprawling and overcrowded network in Southeast, documenting at least 16 cases of Serious violations by APBn officers.

The police demanded large bribes from the threatened refugees of arrest, said the Human Rights Watch report, adding that families are often forced to sell gold jewelry or borrow money. money To release unjustly detained relatives.

Bauchner called on Authorities to investigate and hold claims responsible account officers.

But the battalion commander, Syed Harunur Rashid, said the report was “questionable”.

Criminals tell them false The facts, and Human Rights Watch is reporting on them. This is it like The unit will investigate if it “receives specific complaints,” he told AFP.

Police acknowledge that the violence has escalated in Camps, namely home armed groups and used as staging posts for regional drug trafficking networks.

At least 20 refugees, including the highest community Leaders, killed by armed groups last year as part of influence war in settlements.

‘Threatened to move’

Several Rohingya refugees told AFP that police abuse was “rampant”.

A few days ago I was back at camp with My brother, a medical report from the hospital. “The APBn officers stopped me at the checkpoint, interrogated me and slapped me,” said Ali Jaker, 20.

Jacker said they stole the equivalent of 50 dollars from him.

“Then took for me mobile Telephone. They threatened to take action against me if you participate story with anyone,” he added.

Sitara Bibi, 45, said the police extortionist was “a regular incident.”

“I had to pay them 3,000 taka ($30) during my son’s marriage. If we don’t pay them, the police will file a drug trafficking case.” against for me son,” she added.

A Rohingya civic leader speaks on condition of He told AFP on condition of anonymity that the refugees were forced to pay the police to move between camps or to enter the camps late at night.

“if anyone They protested against these abuses and were arrested.” added.

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