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Why Bangladesh Is Shifting Rohingya Muslims To A Controversial Island?

Kuala Lumpur: Fear and uncertainty have been rising among the Rohingya Muslims at the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox Bazar in Bangladesh. Shahriar Alam, Bangladesh Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has revealed that the government is planning to relocate at least 100,000 Rohingya Muslims to Bhasan Char island, which is located in the Bay of Bengal.

According to reports, many refugees have already been shifted to Bhasan Char island, while many people have refused to leave their camps.

The Bhasan Char island, which is under a huge risk of storms and floods, is near Bangladesh and Myanmar borders. The Island is 34 KM away from mainland Bangladesh, which was created 20 years ago in the Bay of Bengal.

The government said in a statement that Rohingya Muslims are being relocated to the island to reduce the number of refugees in Cox Bazar.

However, AK Abdul Momen, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh said that no Rohingya refugees are being forcibly moved to Bhasan Char, but they are going there voluntarily.

But Rohingya people and international human rights organisations have dismissed government reports, claiming that they are being shifted forcibly to Char Piya.

Saad Hammadi, South Asia Campaigner at Amnesty, said that the island is far and isolated, where neither a journalist nor a human right group can visit to see them.

The majority of Myanmar Buddhist people and security forces are often accused of torturing Rohingya Muslims. These people have no rights. The United Nations considers them the most oppressed ethnic group in the world.