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Govt bans 3 NGOs from Rohingya aid activities

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The Bangladesh government has banned three NGOs from operating aid activities for the Rohingyas, who fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine.

It is believed these NGOs were running other operations under cover of relief efforts, a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Foreign Ministry informed.

Several other NGOs running operations without proper authorizations and permit, have also been ordered to stop their activities.

The decisions were taken on Wednesday after a meeting of the committee.

Another member of the panel, wishing to remain anonymous informed that the three NGOs are Muslim Aid Bangladesh, Islamic Relief and Allama Fazlullah Foundation.

The government’s NGO Affairs Bureau said Muslim Aid’s relief operations were cancelled in September.

The reason behind their cancellation has not been confirmed yet. No officials of Muslim Aid were immediately available for comment.

Islamic Relief’s Bangladesh Media Coordinator Saiful Azam said they sought permission to run aid operations, but have not heard from officials yet.

Md Shah Alam, NGO Affairs Bureau official. who is the focal point in Cox’s Bazar aid operations, said that they have no update on these organisations’ operations. However, he confirmed that they have been told by the foreign minister to gather information.

More than half a million refugees have crossed the border into neighboring Bangladesh, with no let-up in the influx, since Rohingya insurgents attacked security forces in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State on Aug 25.

-SAM

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