Bangladesh to forcefully move Rohingya to flood-prone island

Earlier this month, Bangladesh had relocated more than 1,600 Rohingya refugees to the island.

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Bangladesh is set to move the second batch of Rohingya refugees to the remote island of Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal.

Bhasan Char.

Around 1,000 Rohingya refugees will be moved to the flood-prone island, despite concern from human rights activists.

Earlier this month, Bangladesh had relocated more than 1,600 Rohingya refugees to the island.

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“They will be moved to Chittagong (Chattogram) first and then to Bhasan Char, subject to the high tide,” one of the officials said.

The officials rejected to be named as the matter had not been made public yet.

Rohingya relocated to remote island against their will, rights groups say - BBC News

Mohammed Shamsud Douza, the deputy Bangladesh official in charge of refugees, said the resettlement was voluntary.

“They will not be relocated against their will,” he stated. 

(Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

The UN has said it has not been permitted to carry out a technical and safety assessment of Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal and was not involved in transferring refugees there.

Bangladesh says it is relocating only people who are willing to go, and the move will ease overcrowding in the Cox’s Bazar camps that are home to more than one million Rohingya.

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Nevertheless, refugees and humanitarian workers say some of the Rohingya have been forced to go to the island, which appeared from the sea only 20 years ago.

Several attempts at repatriation of Rohingya to Myanmar (Burma) have failed after the refugees said they were too afraid of further violence to return.

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