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Bangladesh: Rohingya Children Denied Education

Unlawful Restrictions on Schooling Risk Creating a Lost Generation

Monday 02 December 2019


(Bangkok, December 3, 2019) – The government of Bangladesh is blocking aid groups from providing any meaningful education to Rohingya children in refugee camps and banning the children from attending schools outside the camps, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should urgently lift the restrictions that unlawfully deprive almost 400,000 Rohingya refugee children of their right to education.


The 81-page report, “
Are We Not Human?: Denial of Education for Rohingya Refugee Children in Bangladesh,”documents how Bangladesh prohibits aid groups in the refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar district from providing Rohingya children with accredited or formal education. There is no secondary-level education, and groups are barred from teaching the Bengali language and using the Bangladesh curriculum. Rohingya children have no opportunity to enroll in or continue their education at private or public schools outside the refugee camps. 

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