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Bangladesh Defends Treatment of Burmese Refugees


Physicians for Human Rights, a US based human rights group said that Burma’s Rohingya minority people who are refugees in Bangladesh face starvation and disease in camps in Bangladesh because the government is refusing them access to aid.

In an interview with Voice of America’s Bangla Service, Bangladesh Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. A K Abdul Momen commented on the report.

Dr. Momen said allegations of ill-treatment of the Rohingya are "baseless." He rejects allegations that security forces have carried out arbitrary arrests, forced internment and illegal expulsions of Rohingya people in recent weeks.

Bangladesh is rejecting allegations that it is forcing tens of thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims, who have fled neighboring Burma, into makeshift camps.

In an interview with Amir Khasru, VOA correspondent in Dhaka, Dr. Abrar Chowdhury, Dhaka University Professor and Chief of Refugee and Migratory Movement Research Unit (RAMRU) said that the government of Bangladesh is trying its best to look after the Burmese Rohingya refugees staying in this country. He urged other countries, especially the ASEAN countries to put pressure on Burma to take them back.

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