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Rohingyas to be relocated to habitable places: Minister

  • News Desk

    Daily Star/ANN

Dhaka   /   Mon, April 2, 2018   /   08:30 pm
Rohingyas to be relocated to habitable places: Minister Rohingya Muslim refugees protect themselves from rain in Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017. Heavy monsoon rain heaped new misery September 17 on hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohinyga stuck in makeshift camps in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in Myanmar, as authorities started a drive to force them to a new site. The United Nations says 409,000 Rohingyas have now overwhelmed Cox's Bazar since August 25 when the military in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launched operations in Rakhine state. AFP/ Dominique Faget (AFP/Dominique Faget )

Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque said on Monday that Rohingya refugees will be relocated to new places after ensuring that the areas are habitable.

Rohingya refugees will be relocated to the places which are viable, he said.

The foreign secretary was addressing a programme as the chief guest on the first day of a two-day international conference on "Rohingya Refugee Crisis: Towards Sustainable Solutions".

Bangladesh is a positive state and a very transparent country, he said adding, “We will manage helicopters to go and visit the places where they [Rohingyas] will be relocated”. 

The conference on Rohingya refugee crisis began at Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University around 10 a.m.

Centre for Genocide studies of DU, Brac University and Action Aid jointly organized the conference.

Around one lakh Rohingya refugees are going to be relocated to Bhasan Char in Hatiya upazila of Noakhali as works of building shelters and housing are in progress.

The relocation may start before the upcoming rainy season depending on completion of the construction works, said officials of the divisional commissioner’s office recently.

Nearly 700,000 Rohingyas have crossed over into Bangladesh since a military offensive began in response to an insurgent attack on August 25 last year. More than 300,000 others, who crossed over from Myanmar in the previous years, are also staying in Bangladesh.

This article appeared on The Daily Star newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post