RESTRICTION ON FREE MOVEMENT ON ROHINGYAN MUSLIMS FROM BANGLADESH




Mustafa AY – TDO – 17.09.2017 Following the ruthless carnage of Rohingyan Muslims costing thousands of lives by Myanmar, 400.000 Rohingyan Muslims fled to Bangladesh. After the fleeing of Rohingyans, Mynamar government planted personnel mines across Bangladesh border to prevent them from fleeing. Planted personnel mines caused many Rohingyan youths, women and elders to either get disabled or lost their lives. In face of increasing criticism and international condemnation, Myanmar government claimed that the personnel mines aim at security not to kill the innocent. However, UN deems Myanmar government’s systematic act of terror as ethnic cleansing.

As a result of influx of Rohingyan asylum-seekers into Bangladesh, Bangladeshi government immediately built up camps for Rohingyan Muslims in Cox’s Bazar city and deployed armed forces units to protect them from possible attack from Myanmar. In the aftermath of building the camps, Bangladeshi government constructed extra shelters for Rohingyans. But, Bangladeshi government also applied some sort of immigration-policies to monitor those asylum-seekers. That is ‘restriction on free move and travel’. This policy does not permit Rohingyans to get out of the camps and shelters.