Over 1,600 Rohingya refugees have been relocated to a distant island as part of their initial phase of a contentious movement program launched by the Bangladeshi government.
Some 1,640 guys, women, and kids are being transferred out of Bangladesh’s southern port of Chittagong into the distant island of Bhasan Char.
Approximately a thousand Rohingya refugees reside in squalid camps in southern Bangladesh, where fatal landslides and violence by drug gangs and extremists are reported to occur.
The majority of the folks ended up there after having a military offensive in neighboring Myanmar in 2017.
The authorities in Dhaka says it’s moving the Rohingya due to overcrowding in the camps in Cox’s Bazaar.
But critics say the low lying silt island is prone to flood and that cyclones reach that area frequently.
The Bangladesh government has assembled shelters along with a three-meter flooding embankment around the region at a price of about $330 million.
Rights groups also have alleged that many were coerced to moving.
Sufia Khatun, 60, went to watch her off son and five other relatives said, “They beat my son and smashed his teeth that he consented to visit the island”
He included the centers on the island were”better” than at the camps.
According to the government, the movement will ease congestion at the huge community of present cramped camps.
The United Nations office in Bangladesh stated it was prevented from independently analyzing the”security, feasibility and sustainability” of this island.
The co-founder of Free Rohingya Coalition, Ro Nay San Lwin, advised Euronews”I feel the Bangladesh government isn’t likely to listen to some international human rights groups or UN organizations. They were intending to relocate the Rohingya Refugees because 2018 plus they’ve postponed this program several times”.
“I’ve seen the camp several times so that I know the fact,” additional Ro Nay San Lwin, “Those images (of this camp) speak a million words”.
“The Bangladesh authorities had stated they would not induce anybody but the ground reality differs,” said Ro Nay San Lwin.
Additionally, it is uncertain if the Rohingya are going to have the ability to leave the place as soon as they’re there.