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UN: Rohingya must have choice on going to Bhashan Char

  • Published at 05:07 pm December 4th, 2020
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A batch of Rohingya arriving at Bhashan Char AFP

The UNHCR called on Bangladesh to uphold its commitment that relocation of Rohingya to the island will be voluntary

Rohingya refugees must be able to make free and informed decisions about relocating to Bangladesh's Bhashan Char island, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday as naval vessels began carrying some 1,600 towards the remote site.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) called on Bangladesh to uphold its commitment that relocation of Rohingya to the island will be voluntary, spokesman Babar Baloch told a UN briefing in Geneva.


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UNHCR stood ready to evaluate conditions on the island to ensure that it is a "safe and sustainable place for refugees to live," if permitted by the government, he said.