On Tuesday, the 33rd Annual World Report was published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) which summarizes human rights conditions in over 100 countries and territories worldwide in 2022.
The 712-page World Report 2023 reports Rohingya refugees are facing impossible conditions in the world’s densely populated refugee camp who are also “suffering threats, extortion and ill-treatment during their stay.”
According to the report, “Bangladesh continues to host about 1 million Rohingya refugees but authorities have intensified restrictions on their livelihoods, movement and education. In the Rohingya refugee camps, Bangladesh officials closed community-led schools, arbitrarily destroyed shops and imposed new obstacles on movement including threats and frequent curfews.”
The report also says, “Authorities moved about 8,000 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char, bringing the total to around 28,000 refugees living on the remote silt island where they face severe movement restrictions, food, and medicine shortages, and abuses by security forces. Despite the involvement of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), many continue to be transferred without full, informed consent, and have been prevented from returning to the mainland.”
Ironically, international attention has disappeared as the 2022 Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis severely lacks funds. It is impractical to bear the expenses of Rohingya refugees by Bangladesh itself causing refugees to flee the host country as their lives remains in uncertainty.