Urgent Action: Rohingya Law Student Suspended from Studies (Bangladesh: UA 118.19)

September 13, 2019

University student Rohima Akter Khushi has been suspended during her second semester at a private university in Cox’s Bazar solely due to her being Rohingya. One of the very few Rohingya young women who have braved all odds to pursue higher education, denying her access solely based on her identity is an affront to the human rights commitment that Bangladesh has made under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.



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Kazi Shahidullah
University Grants Commission of Bangladesh
UGC Bhaban, Plot # E-18/A
Agargaon, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Mohammad Ziauddin
The Embassy of Bangladesh
3510 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202 244 0183
Fax: 202-244-2771 | 7830
Email: [email protected]
Contact form: http://www.bdembassyusa.org/index.php?page=contact
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Honorable Chairman Shahidullah,

I am deeply concerned about the decision by Cox’s Bazar International University to prevent Rohima Akter Khushi, from pursuing her education solely because she is a Rohingya refugee. Born and schooled in Bangladesh, Rohima Akter Khushi was in her second semester of studying law.

She is one of the very few women from her community who has braved all odds to pursue education. Education is a universal right regardless of status. Denying her education on the basis of her identity is an affront to the commitments Bangladesh has made under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

I urge the Bangladesh government to immediately end the suspension, and allow Rohima Akter Khushi to complete her higher education; work with the international community to provide all children, including Rohingya refugees, access to accredited primary and secondary education in Cox’s Bazar; and respect and promote academic freedom and the right to education for all as enshrined in the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights

Yours sincerely,