The situation in the refugee camp at Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh is bad. Really bad.

Nearly one million Rohingya refugees are living in threadbare camps after they fled their homes in Myanmar due to the military’s crimes against humanity. 

Conditions have always been bad at the camp, and COVID-19 has made them worse. These conditions will only improve when Bangladeshi authorities give the Rohingya a voice in the decisions that affect them.

Many Rohingya refugees struggle to access healthcare due to language barriers, ill-treatment from medical staff, and lack of information about healthcare services.

Women in the camps told us that their husbands, devastated by not being able to work, put pressure on them to bring in money, and can be violent towards them.

More than 100 Rohingya refugees have allegedly been killed in extrajudicial executions over the past three years. 

The authorities have begun construction of barbed wire fences around the camps, to stop them from moving to other areas. Earlier this year, 300 Rohingya men, women and children were taken to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal, confined against their will. 

The future of nearly half a million Rohingya children hangs in the balance. They have limited access to accredited education.

With no place to call home and little opportunity to make a future for themselves, hundreds of Rohingya men, women and children, are smuggled by boat to neighbouring countries trying to make a better life. Many don’t make it. 

The current situation is bleak, but the future doesn’t have to be. The Bangladeshi authorities can turn it all around. By empowering Rohingya refugees and giving them a voice in the decisions that affect them, they can claim their rights.

Sign the petition to urge Bangladesh’s government and the international community to give the Rohingya refugees a voice and another chance.