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UN condemns killing of Rohingya leader in Bangladesh, calls for investigation

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The United Nations strongly condemned, on Thursday, the killing of a Rohingya leader in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar region, on Wednesday.

“The United Nations strongly condemns the killing of the Rohingya refugee leader (Mohibullah) in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh yesterday,” Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General Stephanie Tremblay said at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York.

“The United Nations urges the Bangladeshi authorities to carry out an investigation and to hold those responsible to account,” she added.

“We also urge continued strong international support to protect and support Rohingya communities anywhere, including in Bangladesh.”

“The United Nations continues to call for the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees and internally displaced persons, and to provide its unwavering support in this endeavor,” Tremblay emphasized.

She noted that “the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees expressed its deep shock and sorrow at the death of Mr. Mohibullah.”

On Wednesday, gunmen killed Mohibullah, one of the most prominent leaders of Rohingya Muslims, who heads the “Peace and Human Rights of the Arakan Rohingya Association”.

Mohibullah, 46, was a well-known advocate for the persecuted Rohingya minority in Myanmar and has emerged as a community leader among refugees in Bangladesh.

Since August 25, 2017, the Myanmar armed forces and Buddhist militias have launched a military campaign and brutal massacres against the Rohingya in Arakan, killing thousands of them, according to identical local and international sources, as well as taking nearly one million refugees to Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.

Recently Bangladesh has temporarily released the opposition leader Khaleda Zia. The former Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Khaleda Zia was prosecuted in the court. She was alleged to be involved in a series of corruption cases and scandals in the country.

Such an incident, the killing of a Rohingya Muslim leader, in Bangladesh is a successful attempt to tarnish the peaceful and humanitarian image of Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina who once was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  Sheikh Hasina is the daughter of the father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman also known as Bangabandhu. Heinous tricks like this are very common in the region played by political opponents.

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