DHAKA, Bangladesh

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has slammed Bangladesh for internet blackout and phone restrictions at Rohingya refugee camps in country’s southern district of Cox’s Bazar despite worldwide spread of coronavirus.

“The shutdown is risking the health and lives of over a million people, including nearly 900,000 refugees in Cox’s Bazar and the Bangladeshi host community by hindering aid groups’ ability to provide emergency health services and rapidly coordinate essential preventive measures,” the international rights watchdog said in a statement late Thursday.

Referring to the dependency of aid workers and community leaders on WhatsApp messaging service and other internet-based

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