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Perceptions of Rohingya Refugees: Marriage and Social Justice After Cross-Border Displacement


This policy brief, a joint publication by Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University (CPJ), and The Asia Foundation, conveys findings from a rapid analysis to gather community perspectives on the intersection of marriage and social justice in the camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The study’s themes, research questions, and report were developed in close coordination with CPJ’s Rohingya research volunteer team.

Key findings which emerged from the research include:

  • Social justice issues around marriage practices are issues of concern for many camp residents and are connected with broader problems around physical insecurity, loss of livelihoods, lack of education, and social pressures in the camps.
  • Refugees underline the important roles that humanitarian actors, camp authorities, and the Bangladesh government play in strengthening legislation and access to justice on issues of dowry payments, polygamy, and child marriage in the camps.

This work is a product of the X-Border Local Research Network program.

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Posted June 14, 2021
Related locations: Bangladesh
Related programs: X-Border Local Research Network