Yesterday, Md Mohibullah (46), the chairman of Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH) was shot to death in Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar.
According to the Mohibullah’s family, the leader had been facing death threats for several years for advocating refugee rights in international forums.
South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, Meenakshi Ganguly said, “Mohibullah was a vital voice for the community of Rohingya who had already suffered unimaginable loss and pain when they arrived as refugees in Bangladesh. He always defended the rights of the Rohingya to safe and dignified returns and to have a say in the decisions concerning their lives and future. His killing is a stark demonstration of the risks faced by those in the camps who speak up for freedom and against violence.”
Ganguly, who was previously a correspondent for Time magazine also added that “Mohibullah’s death undermines not only the struggle of Rohingya refugees for greater rights and protection in the refugee camps but also their efforts to safely return to their homes in Myanmar. Bangladesh authorities should urgently investigate Mohibullah’s killing along with other attacks on Rohingya activists in the camps.”