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21 Rohingya organizations call for supporting Bangladesh in yaba trade crackdown

  • Published at 02:27 pm May 24th, 2018
Rohingya Balukhali Camp
File photo: Rohingya refugees line up for daily essentials distribution at Balukhali camp, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh January 15, 2018 Reuters

They also thanked Bangladesh for giving the Rohingya refugees a safe abode in the time of crisis

Twenty-one Rohingya organizations, including Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO), have called on Rohingyas to support the Bangladesh government in the crackdown on yaba trade. 

The organizations made the call in a press release on Tuesday. Its statement said: “We appeal to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to launch a war against drugs by taking a strong and decisive stance against the flow of yaba pills from Myanmar.

“Rohingya refugees currently stranded in the camps of Bangladesh are hereby requested to inform the Bangladeshi authorities of any suspicious activities linked to yaba smuggling.

“Rohingya elders, community leaders, and religious scholars are also requested to educate the younger generation about the dangers of these narcotics that have destroyed countless families in Bangladesh and many countries of Southeast Asia.

“At the same time, yaba smuggling has provided the Myanmar army with the resources to carry out genocide against Rohingya Muslims and the ability to wage wars against other ethnic minorities.”

The organizations also mentioned that “drug usage and trafficking are totally contrary to Islamic values,” adding: “As most of these yaba pills are crossing from the Myanmar side of the border, Rohingya refugees are requested to keep their eyes and ears open and inform the Bangladesh authorities of any suspicious activities related to the cross border yaba trade.”

They also thanked Bangladesh for giving the Rohingya refugees a safe abode in the time of crisis.

The 21 signatories are Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO), Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK), British Rohingya Community in UK, Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark, Burmese Rohingya Association Japan (BRAJ), Rohingya Advocacy Network in Japan, Burmese Rohingya Community Australia (BRCA), Burmese Rohingya Association in Queensland-Australia (BRAQA), Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organisation, European Rohingya Council (ERC), Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation in Malaysia (MERHROM), Rohingya American Society, Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee, Rohingya Community in Germany, Rohingya Community in Switzerland, Rohingya Community in Finland, Rohingya Community in Italy, Rohingya Community in Sweden, Rohingya Organisation Norway, Rohingya Society Malaysia (RSM), and Rohingya Society Netherlands.