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United States enquires Dhaka about action against NGOs

Speaking to the media in Dhaka on Sunday, the Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said that the US ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller enquired about the tough stance taken by the government against some NGOs. The US ambassador called on the minister in Dhaka on Sunday.

Obaidul Quader said that he informed the ambassador that some NGOs took permission from the government for offering prayer on the second anniversary of Rohingya’s fleeing from Myanmar on August 25 but instead held a big political rally. The incident is being enquired.

He said that ambassador Miller appreciated the Bangladesh government for giving shelter to Rohingya refugees. He also extended support to Dhaka in its steps to repatriate the Rohingyas back to Myanmar.

Bangladesh had barred 41 NGOs from undertaking any activity in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps for their alleged role in encouraging Rohingyas not to accept repatriation to Myanmar. Subsequently the government banned two more international NGOs Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Al Markazul Islami for their role in organising a rally of Rohingyas on  August 25.

In the wake of the August 25 rally, Bangladesh has taken a tough stance against some NGOs who are allegedly instigating Rohingya refugees to oppose repatriation to Myanmar.

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