Bangladesh plans to isolate Rohingya refugees
The Bangladeshi administration plans to place the Arakanese Muslims who have fled the persecution in Myanmar on an island that could be heavily affected by monsoon rains.
The Bangladeshi government said it would place Rohingyas on an island that fled from the persecution in Myanmar.
A new human crisis can be experienced on the island, which is expected to be flooding due to monsoon rains.
Nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslims fleeing the persecution and violence in Myanmar were placed in the Cox Bazar region by the Dhaka administration.
The Bangladeshi administration is now preparing to place Rohingya Muslims on an island in Bengal Bay.
A statement by Bangladeshi administration said on Wednesday it would start relocating Rohingya Muslims from overcrowded camps to a remote island vulnerable to extreme weather next month, despite the plan attracting considerable controversy.
Shelters and floodwalls have been constructed on Bhashan Char, a muddy silt islet that only rose from the Bay of Bengal in 2006, in the hope of shifting 100,000 Rohingya refugees there.
Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on Myanmar who visited Bhasan Char recently, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday that she was unsure if the Bay of Bengal Island was truly habitable.
She also warned ill-planned relocations without the consent of refugees have the potential to create a new crisis.
Bangladesh, due to its geographical location, is often under the influence of monsoon rains and tropical storms. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives due to natural diseases in the country in the last 50 years.
More than 730,000 Rohingya are confined to overcrowded camps in Bangladesh after fleeing a campaign of arson, murder, and rape waged in Myanmar by the country's military since late 2017.
The United Nations describes the Arakan Muslims [Rohingya] as "the most persecuted population in the world". (ILKHA)