Saturday, 23 June 2018

Amnesty condemns Rohingya relocation plan

Sofian Khan

The Inte-rnational Human Rights Agency on Tuesday said that Bangladesh needs to drop all its plans to reallocate the Rohingya Refugees in an uninhabitable island. Previously, Bangladesh government had allotted Tk 2,312 crores to accommodate the Rohingya Refugees temporarily who’s been awaited repatriation.
The director of Amnesty International South Asia said that reallocating the Rohingya Refugees in an uninhabitable island would be a terrible mistake. As the facility is vulnerable to flooding and far from other refugee communities, he suggested that Bangladesh must abandon this plan.Bhashan Char, which is currently used for cattle grazing, during high time is 10,000 acres and at low tide, 15,000 acres. Previously in 2013, the island was declared a forest reserve. It takes almost 4 hours to reach the island from Hatia by its only mode of transport, motor boats.A report from Reuters and Bangladesh Forests Division earlier this year published reports which clearly state that the island is unsuitable for habitation due to prone to bandit attacks, cyclones and floods. But a report by the Noakhali district administration few months later suggested that it is similar to all other river islands in the area and building settlements in the relevant infrastructure won’t be of any problems.

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