Dhaka – Two international agencies have been banned in Bangladesh after the authorities charged them with instigating the Rohingya Muslims who fled a brutal military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar, officials said on Wednesday.
Nearly 750,000 Rohingya Muslims have been living in squalid camps in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar after the fled the military crackdown in August 2017.
Operations of Al-Markazul Islami, Bangladesh and Aventis Development and Relief Agency were suspended over allegations that they funded Rohingya Muslims to hold a rally and conducted campaign against their repatriation, deputy chief administrator of the district Ashraful Afsar told reporters.
“They (the NGOs) were asked to shut their activities not only in the refugee camps, but in other parts of Bangladesh as well,” the official said.
Banks were asked to suspend all transactions by these NGOs, he added.
None of the NGOs could be contacted immediately.
An attempt of repatriation of the Rohingya Muslims was failed on August 22, three days ahead of a mass rally organized in the refugee camp under the banner of Arakan Rohingya Society for Human Rights and Peace. The government was apparently irritated by the rally, which the Rohingya refugees could not arrange in lifetime before they were evicted from their homes in northern Rakhine state.
A section of non-governmental organization was believed to have campaigned against the repatriation process.
Earlier in August, Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen said that the government has banned 42 NGOs in the camps.