The following statement is in response to a Dhaka Tribune story that was published alleging ADRA’s involvement with a recent anti-repatriation rally at a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Bangladesh has suspended its operations in the country following an official notice from the Government of Bangladesh stating allegations that ADRA has been directly and indirectly involved in supporting a recent mass gathering at a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar. As a result, ADRA has been in touch with government officials to seek clarification on the situation.

ADRA denies any wrongdoing and remains committed to cooperating with the authorities in order to resolve this situation as soon as possible and resume its role as a Site Management Support (SMS) agency in southern camps on Cox’s Bazar.

ADRA is committed to the principle of neutrality. As a result, ADRA does not engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature. Furthermore, ADRA ensures that any partnerships with other organizations are anchored by this principle so that humanitarian aid can be delivered based on need alone. 

ADRA, which has been present in Bangladesh since 1981, is a non-governmental organization registered with the Government of Bangladesh’s NGO Affairs Bureau. It focuses primarily in development projects in the areas of Education, Resilience, Rehabilitation and Development, Emergency Response, and Economic Development. Over the last four decades, ADRA’s primary thrust in Bangladesh has been to provide resources and opportunities to vulnerable individuals and families in rural areas, enabling them to be self-reliant.

In the Cox’s Bazar region, ADRA is a primary actor supporting the Government through the Office of the Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) and the Camp in Charge (CIC) to provide life-saving support to the refugee crisis.

About ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is the international humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit ADRA.org.