A Bangladesh police official said on Friday that a lawsuit had been filed against “unidentified terrorist groups“; To investigate the murder of one of the most prominent Rohingya refugee leaders, Mohib Ullah.
The case was filed at the request of Muhib Ullah’s brother, who was killed by unidentified gunmen, on Wednesday, in a camp in Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh.
In response to a question about reports that the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army was involved in the crime, police official Mohamed Salahuddin told The Eastern Herald that “the case was filed against unknown terrorist groups.”
He added that “the complainant (Moheb Ullah’s brother) did not name specific organizations in the case.”
Hundreds of mourners participated in the farewell ceremony for Muhibullah, as he was buried in a cemetery in Cox’s Bazar, Thursday evening.
International condemnations and calls for investigation
In response to the murder, human rights groups and senior officials around the world condemned the assassination of Mohibullah, who was the head of the Arakan Rohingya Peace and Human Rights Association.
On Friday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, expressed her “shock and deep sadness” at the killing of the Rohingya leader and called for a comprehensive investigation into his killing.
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in a tweet, expressed his “deep annoyance” at the killing of Mohibullah, describing him as a “brave and fierce defender of human rights for Rohingya Muslims around the world.”
A statement issued by 27 Rohingya human rights organizations from around the world also called on the government to investigate the “heinous killings, punish the perpetrators (..) and take all necessary measures to protect the horrific refugees.”
The statement quoted sources from Mohibullah’s family as saying, “The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army is behind the murder.”
The human rights organizations added in the statement that “the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army has been involved in murders, extortion, torture, and many criminal atrocities against helpless refugees in camps in southern Bangladesh.”
The “Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army” is a group that was established in 2012, after Buddhist attacks against the Rohingya Muslims with the support of the Myanmar armed forces, which resulted in the killing of thousands and the displacement of tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Arakan.
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.