Shafaqna – Bangladesh police said that the authorities have opened an investigation into the killing of a prominent activist for Rohingya rights, in a refugee camp in the southeast of the country.
“We have reinforced security in and around the camps, and we have started an investigation into the killing,” police official Shakeel Ahmed said by phone.
He explained that investigators have not yet been able to determine the motive behind the killing of Mohibullah, 50, the head of the Arakan Rohingya Association for Peace and Human Rights.
Unidentified gunmen late Wednesday night killed Mohibullah, a teacher turned human rights activist, inside a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar district, home to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in neighboring Buddhist-majority Myanmar.
Nearly 750,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the crackdown and crossed the border into Bangladesh, which now hosts more than a million Rohingya.
Mohibullah, who was also among them, mobilized refugees in camps in Bangladesh under the banner of the “Arakan Rohingya Association for Peace and Human Rights,” with the participation of more than 300 activists working for Rohingya rights.
The organization played a role in plans to repatriate Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, according to a government report.
Mohibullah was among a group of victims of religious persecution from around the world who met former US President Donald Trump at the White House in 2019, when he asked the United States to help his beleaguered people.
The EU delegation in Bangladesh, in a tweet via Twitter, expressed its condolences over the death and urged the authorities in Bangladesh to bring the attackers to justice.
Bangladeshi human rights activist Noor Khan said that some rebel groups who oppose a peaceful solution to the Rohingya crisis may be behind the killing of Mohibullah, who was always looking for non-violent ways to end the problem.