US, UN condemn killing of Rohingya leader in Bangladesh

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Mohibullah, an international representative of Rohingya refugees over the age of 40, was shot dead by unidentified men in a Bangladesh camp late on Wednesday. The local police gave this information.

Washington: The United Nations (UN) and the United States (US) have condemned the killing of Rohingya refugee leader Mohibullah and called on Bangladeshi authorities to investigate the matter.

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Mohibullah, an international representative of Rohingya refugees over the age of 40, was shot dead by unidentified men in a Bangladesh camp late on Wednesday. The local police gave this information.

Naimul Haque, commander of the armed police battalion in Cox’s Bazar, said Mohibullah was shot dead by unidentified assailants at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district.

He was taken to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack and it is not clear who is behind it.

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Mohibullah was a teacher by profession who later became a refugee leader and spokesperson representing Muslim local groups at international meetings. He had gone to the White House in 2019 for a meeting with the then US President Donald Trump on religious freedom and discussed the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

In the same year, he was sharply criticized by Bangladeshi media for leading a massive rally of 200,000 refugees on the eve of two years of military operations in Myanmar. Reasons for military action in Myanmar

About 700,000 refugees, including Mohibullah, had to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. A human rights watchdog group called Mohibullah the outspoken voice of the Rohingya community.

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Human rights group Amnesty International called on Bangladesh authorities and the UN refugee agency to work together to ensure the safety of all people in the camps, including refugees, activists and humanitarian workers.

Let us tell you that more than 11 lakh Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have taken refuge in Bangladesh.

First published:October 1, 2021, 12:42 pm

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