Bangladesh to demand 10 percent of Rohingya funds: Momen
Published: 07:06 PM, 16 April 2021 Updated: 07:07 PM, 16 April 2021
Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen
Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh would demand 10 percent of the funds raised in the name of Bangladesh and the Rohingyas if humanitarian agencies did not provide aids to the one lakh Rohingyas who were gradually relocated to Bhasanchar.
He came up with the comments while briefing reporters at his residence on Friday.
The foreign minister said humanitarian agencies should not have to worry about where the Rohingya are living. Rather they should think about providing services to Rohingyas. They are obliged to provide services wherever they are.
He said member states would not provide funding if humanitarian agencies did not provide services to the Rohingya. As a result, they will suffer severely. Even after UNHCR and other agencies raise money in the name of the Rohingya and the host community, they do not know how to spend the money.
A UN technical team recently visited the island and reviewed the facilities for Rohingyas as several rights groups until recently were apprehensive of the situation of these Burmese ethnic minority people driven out by the Myanmar military four years ago.
Momen said the UN team expressed their satisfaction regarding the facilities for the Rohingyas on Island, binning the speculations that many Rohingyas were forced to go there beyond their will.
It may be mentioned that Bangladesh has given shelter to more than 11 lakh Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar. Some 750,000 Rohingyas fled a ruthless military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in 2017 and took shelter in Teknaf and Ukhia. The government has taken a plan to gradually relocate 1 lakh Rohingyas to Bhasanchar, the work of which has already started.