A parliamentary body yesterday called upon the government to keep vigil on the non-government organisations so that they cannot lure the Rohingya refugees into getting involved in militancy or any other subversive activities.
Amid this caution, officials told the parliamentary standing committee on foreign affairs that the government has already imposed bar on three NGOs from carrying out relief works as they were “involved in other business” in the name of relief activities. “The foreign ministry officials informed the committee that the government imposed a ban on Islamic Relief, Muslim Aid and Fazlullah Foundation as they were found involved in misguiding the Rohingya refugees during their relief activities,” Lawmaker Mahjabeen Khaled, a member of the committee present at the meeting, told The Daily Star.
Mahjabeen, also a ruling Awami League MP, said the officials informed the committee that without taking any proper permission from the NGO Affairs Bureau, the three NGOs were involved in carrying out “religious activities” among the Rohingyas, which they cannot do.
The Daily Star, however, could not independently verify the claim.
Faruk Khan, another AL MP and a member of the committee, said they have asked the ministry to take measures so that no one can provoke the distressed and vulnerable Rohingya refugees to get involved in any subversive activities.
“The committee also asked the authorities concerned to remain careful in this regard,” added Faruk.
Faruk also said they have asked the authorities concerned to reduce the number of Rohingya camps from 16 to 10 for better management. “It would be easy for law enforcement agencies and other authorities to keep vigil on the Rohingyas and others working in the area if the number of camps is reduced,” he argued.
The committee also opposed the move of some of the countries who were in support of permanent establishments for the Rohingyas in Bangladesh. It might linger the repatriation process, Faruk added.