Bangladesh must abandon all plans to relocate Rohingya refugees, says Amnesty

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PV Desk : Amnesty International says Bangladesh must drop all plans to relocate 100,000 Rohingya refugees to an ‘uninhabitable’ island.

The international human rights agency made the statement on Tuesday, soon after Bangladesh announced a Tk 23.12 billion plan to relocate a portion of the Myanmar refugees to the island of Bhashan Char in Noakhali’s Hatia.

“It would be a terrible mistake to relocate the Rohingya refugees to an uninhabitable island that is far from other refugee settlements and vulnerable to flooding,” said Amnesty International South Asia Director Biraj Patnaik.

“Having opened its doors to more than 600,000 Rohingya over the past three months, the Bangladesh government now risks undermining the protection of the Rohingya and squandering the international goodwill it has earned. In its desperation to see the Rohingya leave the camps and ultimately return to Myanmar, it is putting their safety and well-being at risk.”