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Bangladesh moves towards relocating Rohingya refugees, UN denies involvement

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Despite rights groups advising not to relocate Rohingya refugees anymore, Bangladesh is pressing on to move a 2nd group of refugees from Myanmar to the remote island of Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal this month.

The new group consists of about 1,000 refugees and is in addition to more than 1,600 refugees that were moved earlier this month, according to an unnamed official.

“They will be moved to Chittagong first and then to Bhasan Char, depending on the high tide.”

However, a deputy Bangladesh government official said they would not be sent against their will, as the relocation was voluntary. But, the UN says it has not been allowed to carry out a technical and safety assessment of Bhasan Char, an island that is prone to having floods in the Bay of Bengal. The UN further says it is not involved in the transfer of refugees to the area, a statement which is further concerning rights groups. Some refugee and humanitarian workers claim that the refugees are being coerced into relocating to the island, which only emerged from the sea a mere 20 years ago.

Bangladesh officials, however, say the move will help ease badly overcrowded camps that house more than 1 million Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar after being persecuted.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abdul Momen said earlier this month that the UN should first assess and verify how conducive the environment in Myanmar’s Rakhine state was for repatriating the refugees, before carrying out an assessment of Bhasan Char. However, most attempts at repatriating the Muslim minority group to their native country of Myanmar have failed as refugees continually say they are too scared to return over fears of continued violence against them.

Thailand has hosted Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in overcrowded camps with future prospect appearing bleak as the nation does not formally recognise refugees not grants them any rights.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Issan John

    Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Genuine question as it’s not clear in this report or the original – are these Rohingya that have already fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, being relocated from somewhere in Bangladesh, as I’m guessing, or Rohingya being relocated from Myanmar?

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      Mike

      Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 11:26 pm

      If you read the article it becomes clear: “repatriating the Muslim minority group to their native country of Myanmar have failed as refugees continually say they are too scared”

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        Jon C.

        Monday, December 28, 2020 at 2:32 pm

        Trained in the art of lying by NGOs. They’re invaders, plain and simple. The exact same bio-weapon as used in countless other places. Only the Chinese have the sense to deal with them appropriately.

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    John Brown

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 12:04 am

    The former. Despite the ambiguous first sentence, the BP article goes on to describe the specific refugees as “members of a Muslim minority who have fled Myanmar” and discusses the plan as a Bangladeshi move to ease overcrowding in camps as well as an alternative to repatriation to Rakhine. Not mentioned in the article but elsewhere was that the first batch that were moved were previously camped at Cox’s Bazaar.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 11:03 am

    This is a conflict that will not go away.
    The Burmese want these Rohingers out, and being in the majority can force them.
    It is a pity they could not have expelled them in a more humane way.
    Where is the celebrated freedom fight during all this, Aung Sann sushe Khi.
    They gave here a Nobel Prize, yet since then she shows all the signs of not wanting to offend her masters, the Burmese Army. The least she could do is resign in protest.
    It seems she has a good income, fame, and some power, and she will not sacrifice that for what is right.

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    Ameila Leary

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    An immense refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Many refugees from Rohingya have fled to the camp. Abuse, drug trafficking and human trafficking are rising. Hundreds of refugees have been evacuated by the Bangladeshi government and, against their wishes, have been transferred to the remote, muddy little island of Bhasan Char. Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has repeatedly upheld his government’s recommendations and urged the international community to accept that the deterioration in trafficking means that the camp is no longer secure or viable, as more than 1 million refugees live in Cox’s Bazar, crime, drugs and population.

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    Ameila Leary

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    thisis ryt
    An immense refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Many refugees from Rohingya have fled to the camp. Abuse, drug trafficking and human trafficking are rising. Hundreds of refugees have been evacuated by the Bangladeshi government and, against their wishes, have been transferred to the remote, muddy little island of Bhasan Char. Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has repeatedly upheld his government’s recommendations and urged the international community to accept that the deterioration in trafficking means that the camp is no longer secure or viable, as more than 1 million refugees live in Cox’s Bazar, crime, drugs and population.
    absolutely

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    Issan John

    Monday, December 28, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks, seriously sad that they’ve fled Myanmar only to become second-class Bangladeshis in Bangladesh.

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    J West

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Repatriating overcrowded Bangladeshi nationals after a failed invasion of Myanmar, Thus is a Bangladesh problem not a world problem.

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