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Bangladesh under pressure not to relocate Rohingyas in island: FM
United News of Bangladesh .Dhaka | Published: 18:41, Oct 18,2020



Rohingya shelter in Bhasan Char island- UNB photo
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said there is a pressure on the government by the international NGOs, including UNHCR, against Bhasan Char relocation though some Rohingyas are willing to go there to enjoy wonderful facilities for them.
‘But there’s a pressure on us. UNHCR and other INGOs want to go for examination before relocation (of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char),’ he told reporters.

Momen said Bhasan Char is a very beautiful place and it should have been a resort. ‘It would be a wonderful resort, such a beautiful place. I would have made it a resort had I been in charge of it.’
The foreign minister said the government decided to relocate 1 lakh Rohingyas to Bhasan Char to avoid the risk of deaths due to landslides in Cox's Bazar Rohingya camps.
Meanwhile, facilities were developed there so that Rohingyas can engage in similar economic activities to what they used to do in Myanmar. ‘There are many who are willing to go...’
Responding to a question, Momen said the government wants to relocate Rohingyas there gradually.
European Union ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink recently sought visits by UN technical and humanitarian protection teams in Bhasan Char though Rohingya leaders recently expressed satisfaction over the situation there.
‘While the first recent ‘go-and-see’ visit was a welcome step, it would also be important that the proposed UN technical and protection assessments are also able to proceed, as well as the separate humanitarian and protection visits to assess the situation for the 306 refugees already relocated there,’ she said.
The government has a plan to begin relocating one lakh Rohingyas to Bhasan Char this year from Cox's Bazar camps.
Representatives of the international community in Bangladesh, including Ambassadors of the United States and the European Union, the British high commissioner, the head of Humanitarian Aid of the Canadian High Commission, the country director of the World Bank, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator visited to Cox’s Bazar and the Rohingya camps recently.

The delegation also spoke to government officials about the Bhasan Char project.
In all their discussions, the members of the delegation assured the authorities of their unwavering commitment to supporting the Rohingya refugee response and affected Bangladeshis communities.
‘We’ve been with Bangladesh since the early days of this crisis and will continue to scale up development assistance to Cox’s Bazar, having already provided more than half a billion dollars in grants. This crisis can’t and won’t be forgotten,’ said World Bank country director Mercy Tembon.
The delegation commended Bangladesh’s generosity in hosting the Rohingya population and agreed that returns must be voluntary, safe and dignified.
The delegation reiterated that the solution to this crisis lies in Myanmar and that is required for the root causes of the crisis to be addressed.
They highlighted that holding perpetrators of the atrocities committed against the Rohingya people in Rakhine state to account would contribute to giving the refugees the confidence to return home.
US ambassador Earl Miller said the Rohingya crisis remains an important priority for the United States just as it is for Bangladesh and other international partners, and even more so in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Western countries are playing geopolitical games on Rohingya relocation. How beautiful are the new facilities, yet they are not allowed to relocate. America probably wants to open a diplomatic inroad to MM by keeping Rohingyas in the slums of Cox's Bazaar.
 

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Already thinking of relocating them? Are the living conditions horrible?
Rohingyas are living in slum-like conditions in and near Cox's Bazaar. Yet, the Westerners at the behest of America do not want their relocation to new settlements in Bhashan Char. Facilities are very very good that will cause envy to many of our own population.

USA probably wants to make an inroad to MM, how I do not know for sure, by giving lip service to the issue. It may be possible that the USA will send money and operatives to radicalize Rohingyas, and then America, the savior, comes to fight these terrorists.

This kind of stupid politics is going all over the ME, all by America. Think of ISIS. It was created by Israel and America. It wants to test many new weapons and also wants to destroy other old weapons by overusing them or by supplying these to the fanatics in a conflict.
 

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Rohingyas are living in slum-like conditions in and near Cox's Bazaar. Yet, the Westerners at the behest of America do not want their relocation to new settlements in Bhashan Char. Facilities are very very good that will cause envy to many of our own population.

USA probably wants to make an inroad to MM, how I do not know for sure, by giving lip service to the issue. It may be possible that the USA will send money and operatives to radicalize Rohingyas, and then America, the savior, comes to fight these terrorists.

This kind of stupid politics is going all over the ME, all by America. Think of ISIS. It was created by Israel and America. It wants to test many new weapons and also wants to destroy other old weapons by overusing them or by supplying these to the fanatics in a conflict.
Wow sounds horrible, can't Bangladesh build infrastructure there?

There is a good reason that island has not been inhabited by people in Bangladesh
Why is that?
 

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Wow sounds horrible, can't Bangladesh build infrastructure there?



Why is that?
If people in densely populated country like Bangladesh do not find it a good idea to settle on the island there is a good reason. I am guessing during tropical storm maybe the island gets submerged or maybe no fresh drinking water
 

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If people in densely populated country like Bangladesh do not find it a good idea to settle on the island there is a good reason. I am guessing during tropical storm maybe the island gets submerged or maybe no fresh drinking water
Wow what a way to treat people!
 

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You guys do not convince by any propaganda. We know our land better than Wikipedia

Facilities in bhasan char is good . And other Bangladeshi posters answered the rest.

We should let homeless Bangladeshis live there, Rohingyas don't deserve such nice houses while our people stay homeless.



Any outsider who thinks otherwise can petition their government, to allow one Rohingya family to move into their homes, if they're really concerned about the well-being of the Rohingya.




If it was Pakistan or India, write it down in stone, they'd have never opened the borders, they'd have shot them until they ran back towards Burma.




Reality is cruel, the Rohingya are suffering, but so are my countrymen. We didn't fight for freedom, so my poor countrymen could be second class citizens, while aliens from Myanmar would be living the high life in concrete houses with water supply, electricity and healthcare all for free.



The UN doesn't pay for crap, the GoB is spending millions on the Rohingya from its own coffers and tax payers like me are bearing those costs.



I pay taxes for my the benefit of my country and the lower strata of its society, not for foreign aliens.
 

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You guys do not convince by any propaganda. We know our land better than Wikipedia

Facilities in bhasan char is good . And other Bangladeshi posters answered the rest.
I am unfamiliar with the island I am going by what he cited. I believe you though you based on your post history.

If it was Pakistan or India, write it down in stone, they'd have never opened the borders, they'd have shot them until they ran back towards Burma.
Are you suggesting BD do the same?
PS I can't speak for India but Pakistan has hosted twice as many refugees for years and their economy is in a much worse shape than BD, as you know.
 

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