Bangladesh says no hurry to relocate Rohingya

Bangladesh says no hurry to relocate Rohingya
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  • calendar-gray 25 March 2019

Bangladesh is not in a hurry to relocate Rohingya refugees to a Bay of Bengal island, a minister told Reuters on Monday, after the United Nations sought more details on the government’s plan, criticized by some human rights groups, ONAreports citing Reuters.

Bangladesh wants to move 100,000 of the nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslims sheltered in cramped camps in its southeastern district of Cox's Bazar to the remote island, known as Bhasan Char, which it has been developing for the past two years.

The United Nations is making plans to help Bangladesh with the move, but in a statement on Monday, the world body called for a thorough assessment to ensure the viability of the move, saying it was discussing “critical protection and operational issues” ahead of any relocation.

"Bangladesh is in talks with U.N. humanitarian bodies, and working on their observations.There’s no exact date to relocate.We are not in a hurry and it will start only when all these U.N. bodies and Rohingya people feel the area is ready”, said Enamur Rahman, the junior minister for Disaster management and Relief.

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