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Bangladesh Strategy Paper Would Make Sheltering Rohingya a Crime

6 June 2013

A recently published Bangladeshi government strategy paper would make it a crime to shelter Rohingya if they are not legally residing in the country, Kaladan Press reported on Wednesday. Other recommendations in the paper include restrictions on NGOs working with the Rohingya, stricter border controls including the erection of a border fence and the replacement of international aid organizations with local non-governmental organizations. The paper also included a census of Rohingya living in Bangladesh before an eventual repatriation campaign. It’s estimated 300,000 Rohingya have fled Burma for its Muslim-majority neighbor since violence broke out in Arakan State last year.

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