Asylum seekers in Bangladesh face humanitarian crisis

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 22 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1070
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Concern is mounting over the fate of thousands of unregistered refugees from Burma after a series of violent crackdowns by the Bangladeshi authorities. Last week the charity Médecins Sans Frontières urged immediate action to deal with the humanitarian crisis.

    The refugees are members of a Bengali speaking Muslim minority, the Rohingya, from northeastern Myanmar (Burma). In recent years more than 200 000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence and persecution.

    However, only about 10% are officially acknowledged as refugees, so most are effectively stateless and are currently facing forcible repatriation, says a new report by Médecins Sans Frontières. The report calls for an immediate end to the violence, along with …

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