Bhasan-Char-Rohingya-relocation: conducive environment

Bhasan-Char-Rohingya-relocation- Bangladesh feels there is no reason for the UN to worry about the relocation of a section of the Rohingya to Bhasan Char. Considering the precarious situation of large number of Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar, the government has taken this initiative…To ensure a better and safer life and livelihood of some of them in Bhasan Char with its own money. And the Rohingyas from Cox’s Bazar have gone to Bhasan Char of their own free will.

No worries about Bhasan-Char-Rohingya-relocation

Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in Geneva, M. Mostafizur Rahman assured the High Commissioner UNHCR about the relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char in a virtual discussion.

Incidentally, Filippo Grandi tweeted

“I am concerned by reports of #Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh being moved to Bhasan Char.

UNHCR and UN partners seek access to them in order to hear their voices, understand their wishes and see conditions on the island.

Any transfer must follow a voluntary, informed decision.”

Talking to Filippo Grandi, Mostafizur Rahman told Prothom Alo (a largest online news portal of Bangladesh), “I have informed him that there is no reason for the international community to be concerned about the relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasanchar.” Behind the relocation, I have highlighted the vulnerable location of large numbers of Rohingya in confined spaces, the uncertainty of livelihoods, the extreme deterioration of local socio-economic and environmental conditions, and the growing security risks.

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Bangladesh Representative Mostafizur Rahman Speech to Geneva

Bhasan-Char-Rohingya-relocation- The Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to Geneva said, ‘The Government of Bangladesh has taken steps to improve the quality of life, livelihood and necessary security for the Rohingyas in Bhasan Char with its own funds. The Rohingyas have gone to Bhasan Char of their own free will.’

The first group of Rohingyas has expressed satisfaction after moving to Bhasan Char. Local and foreign media have published the news. The Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to Geneva also raised the issue with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

He called on the international community, including the United Nations, to take more effective steps…To find a lasting solution to the problem by creating a conducive environment for the repatriation of Rohingya to Rakhine and expeditious repatriation of Myanmar’s minorities. In this regard, he emphasized on the responsible role of all countries, including investors in Bangladesh and Myanmar’s neighboring countries, ASEAN and Myanmar.

Filippo Grandi praised the government of Bangladesh for providing shelter and humanitarian assistance to the Rohingya. The High Commissioner agreed that the crisis must be resolved through the repatriation of Rohingya to their homeland. He assured the Ambassador of Bangladesh that he would continue all efforts for this purpose.

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