Human rights organizations and experts called on Bangladesh to provide education for Rohingya refugees, and facilitate their integration upon their return to their homes in Burma (Myanmar).
In an interview with Anadolu Agency, the founder of the Rohingya Youth Association, Khin Maung, confirmed the lack of formal education for refugee children, saying: We want formal education for future generations, in order for them to achieve an addition to society after their return to their country.
On her part, Louise Donovan, Information Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bangladesh, pointed out the importance of providing education and vocational education to Rohingya refugees, in order to help them integrate into their community upon return.
SR Abrar, a professor of international relations at the University of Dhaka, also stressed the need for Bangladesh to provide basic education for refugee children, in compliance with international agreements on children’s rights.
Abrar pointed out the importance of education in integrating the Rohingya refugees into their society after returning to Myanmar.
Since August 25, 2017, government forces in Myanmar have killed nearly 24,000 Rohingya Muslims, according to the Ontario Agency for International Development’s report, “Forced Rohingya Migration: The Untold Story.”
The report stated that more than 34,000 Rohingya Muslims were burned, more than 114,000 were beaten, at least 18,000 women and girls were raped by Myanmar army and police forces, more than 115,000 homes were burned, and 113,000 homes were vandalized.
The Myanmar government considers the Rohingya to be “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh, while the United Nations classifies them as the world’s most persecuted minority.