University student Rohima Akter Khushi has been suspended during her second semester solely due to her being Rohingya.
After an international news agency featured the 20-year-old refugee woman in a video story as one of the very few Rohingya young women to have been able to achieve academic excellence, the private university suspended her from continuing further education at the institution on 6 September 2019. The university authorities told Amnesty International that they suspended her education as no Rohingya can study in any public or private university.
Denying education based on her Rohingya identity is an affront to the international human rights laws that Bangladesh has ratified including Article 13 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which requires State Parties to “recognize the right of everyone to education without discrimination.
Rohima Akter Khushi wants to lift her community out of misery by promoting access to education for every person including the Rohingya. By denying them this most fundamental of human rights, the authorities are failing to support and invest in the next generation whilst also putting them at risk of exploitation by criminal gangs, human traffickers and armed groups.
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