Rohingya leader murdered in Bangladesh refugee camp

11:46, 30 September 2021
Rohingya leader murdered in Bangladesh refugee camp Photo: Global Look Press/Xinhua/Bilal Jawich

A leader of the Rohingya Muslim minority Mohibullah was murdered in the refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Mohibullah led a group of Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar after the crackdown in 2017. In 2019 Mohibulla had a meeting with the former US President Donald Trump where they discussed the Rohingya crisis.  

He was talking to the other Muslim leaders when an unknown person reportedly shot him three times and left the scene.

“He was shot dead at point-blank,” a spokesman of Ullah’s Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARPSH) Mohammad Nowkhim said.

Mohibullah was brought to the hospital right away but the wounds were fatal. 

“Mohibullah was a vital voice for the Rohingya who had already suffered unimaginable loss and pain when they arrived as refugees in Bangladesh,” a South Asia Director at Human Rights Watch Meenakshi Ganguly said in a statement. 

The Rohingya activist founded ARPSH in Bangladesh and organized several meetings and rallies in support of the Muslim minority.

In 2017, over 200,000 Rohingya were forced to flee Myanmar after clashes in Rakhine State and more than 1,000 were killed. Most parts of Rohingya refugees moved to Bangladesh and started to demand investigations of their influx and crimes against Muslim minorities in Myanmar. 

On September 7, Myanmar’s shadow opposition called upon a revolt against the official military government which took power over the country after a coup in February.