One lakh Rohingyas to be shifted to Bhasan Char soon: Minister

Published: 15 Feb 2020   

Online Desk

Newly constructed buildings stand on Bhasan Char in Noakhali district, in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. The island is built to accommodate 100,000 people, just a fraction of the million Rohingyas who have fled waves of violent persecution in their native Myanmar. Photo: AP/UNB

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Saturday said the process of relocating one lakh Rohingyas from Cox’s Bazar camp to Bhasan Char will begin on completion of erecting barbed-wire fences around the Cox’s Bazar camp.

He made the remarks while talking to reporters after attending the Silver Jubilee celebration of Bangladesh Coast Guards at its Agargaon headquarters in the city, reports UNB.

“Bangladesh Army started erecting barbed-wire fences around the Rohingya camps in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar so that they cannot go out of the camp,” he added.

Asked whether surveillance on Rohingyas has become weak, the minister said, “Surveillance on Rohingyas is not weak at all and work to set up watchtowers and close circuit cameras is underway to strengthen the surveillance on Rohingyas.”

Rohingya Crisis

Bangladesh is currently hosting more than 1.1 million Rohingyas in camps in Cox’s Bazar district. Most of them fled to Bangladesh since late August 2017 when the Myanmar army and their local collaborators launched a brutal offensive targeting them.

In a sweeping legal victory for the Rohingyas, the United Nations' top court - International Court of Justice (ICJ) – ordered Myanmar to take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people.

The court's president, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said the International Court of Justice is of the opinion that the Rohingya in Myanmar remain extremely vulnerable.

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