Bangladesh strikes second group of Rohingya refugees to distant island

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© Reuters. Bangladesh navy personnel test Rohingyas earlier than they board a ship to maneuver to Bhasan Char island in Chattogram, Bangladesh

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By Ruma Paul

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Bangladesh began transferring a second group of Rohingya Muslim refugees to a low-lying island within the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, regardless of opposition from rights teams apprehensive concerning the new website’s vulnerability to floods.

The United Nations says it has not been concerned within the relocation however urged the federal government to make sure no refugee is pressured to maneuver to Bhasan Char island, which solely emerged from the ocean 20 years in the past.

“We’re able to obtain the brand new arrivals,” Navy Commodore Abdullah Al Mamun Chowdhury stated from the island of the 1,804 Rohingya being moved in seven ships.

A primary group of greater than 1,600 Rohingya, members of a minority group who’ve fled from Myanmar, had been relocated from their rickety camps close to the Myanmar border to Bhasan Char earlier within the month.

Storms usually hit the Bangladesh coast. In 1991, almost 143,000 individuals had been killed when a cyclone whipped up a 4.5-metre (15-foot) tidal surge.

The federal government has constructed a 12-km (7.5 mile) embankment to guard the island together with housing for 100,000 individuals. It dismisses the dangers.

“The island is totally secure,” International Minister Abdul Momen advised Reuters.

The federal government additionally says the relocation is voluntary however some refugees from the primary group have spoken about being coerced to go.

The human rights group Amnesty Worldwide additionally expressed concern.

“(A) lack of transparency within the session course of with refugees, and allegations from throughout the neighborhood about money incentives being provided to Rohingya households to relocate to Bhashan Char in addition to use of intimidation ways are making the relocation course of questionable,” the group stated.

Momen rejected such doubts.

“The Rohingya individuals who have shifted there are very pleased with the association. Some evil teams are spreading adverse propaganda,” he stated.

Two Rohingya males on board one of many ships heading to the island from the port of Chittagong advised Reuters they had been transferring to their new house voluntarily. One stated he was becoming a member of family members already there whereas the opposite was transferring together with his spouse and 6 kids.

“There may be a lot struggling and battle within the camp,” stated one of many males. “We’re going there within the hope of a greater life.”

Reuters is withholding their names given the controversy across the transfer among the many neighborhood, with many eager to remain on the mainland.

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