Rohingya refugees attempting to reach Malaysia by boat from Bangladesh are reportedly being held hostage by traffickers who are demanding large ransoms from their relatives.
Malaysia is reportedly considering a plan to send nearly 300 detained Rohingya refugees back out to sea once their boat has been fixed.
The UNHCR, the Bangladesh government, and partners continue to establish intensive care units and isolation and treatment centres (ITCs) in Cox’s Bazar, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
IOM has arranged visits for Rohingya refugees to the ITCs to help relieve refugees’ fears about COVID-19 health facilities amid reports that those with symptoms are not going to the centres for treatment.
As of June 17, 38 cases of COVID-19 have been registered among the Rohingya refugee population in Cox’s Bazar.
The Canadian Minister of International Development has promised to help ensure the international community continues to play an important role in helping the Rohingya refugees, noting that the Canadian parliament unanimously adopted a resolution recognising that the crimes committed against the Rohingya constitute genocide, and that Canada has provided about $88 million in humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees.