Three Nobel laureates visited the registered Rohingya camps in Ukhiya’s Kutupalong on Sunday afternoon.
Nobel laureates Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland, Shirin Ebadi of Iran and Tawakkol Karman of Yemen reached the camp around 3:30pm and talked to Rohingya refugees who fled persecution and violence in Myanmar.
They spoke to five Rohingya women who were victims of rape and others in a Rohingya camp at Kutupalong’s Modhu Chhora area. The three were accompanied by members of the women’s organization, Naripokkho, and others from international immigration and donor agencies.
Ukhiya police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Abdul Khair confirmed the matter and said the delegation spoke to Rohingya refugees who were subjected to violence in Myanmar.
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The Nobel Women’s Initiative, in partnership Naripokkho, is hosting the delegation to Bangladesh to witness and highlight the situation of the refugees and the violence against Rohingya women, including high levels of sexual violence.
Sunday’s visit was part of that initiative. On Monday, the three will visit the Rohingya camps in Ukhiya’s Balukhali.
The delegation builds on more than a decade of work of the Nobel Women’s Initiative in the region and with women’s rights organizations in Myanmar.
Bangladesh is now hosting over one million Rohingyas including around 700,000 new arrivals since August 25, 2017 – from when Myanmar carried out operations in Rakhine state against ARSA militants.