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Bangladesh: Joint Letter on COVID19 and Communication Restrictions in the Rohingya Camps

, Index number: ASA 13/2083/2020

Amnesty International, along with 49 other organizations, urge the Bangladesh government to ensure a non-discriminatory approach in upholding the rights of the Rohingya refugees to health, freedom of expression, access to information and freedom of movement – all of which important in order to effectively mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19. As the world is struggling to come to terms with the COVID-19 crisis, the Bangladesh government has taken measures to establish isolation and treatment facilities in Cox’s Bazar district, an area where Rohingya refugees have been hosted. At a time when it is critical that the States protect the most vulnerable, this is a welcome move – but not enough.

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