Rohingya Conflict

Places in news: Bhashan Char Island


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Bhashan Char Island and its location

Mains level : Rohingya Crisis

Bangladesh has transported more than 1,600 Rohingya refugees to a low-lying island in the first phase of a controversial planned relocation of 1,00,000 people.

Can you see, what the so-called champions of tolerance and human rights doing to the refugees in their own country!

Bhashan Char Island

  • Bhasan Char also known as Char Piya, is an island in Hatiya, Bangladesh.
  • Located 34 kilometres (21 miles) from the mainland, its name in Bengali means “floating island.”
  • The island was formed with Himalayan silt in 2006 spanning 40 square kilometres.
  • It is underwater from June to September annually because of the monsoon, and it has no flood fences.
  • In June 2015, the Bangladeshi government suggested resettling Rohingya refugees on the island under its Ashrayan Project.
  • The proposal was characterized by the UN Refugee Agency as “logistically challenging”.

Extraditing to another hell

  • Bhashan Char is a flood-prone island that emerged from the sea 20 years ago.
  • The refugees had been coerced into going to this flood-prone island which is also vulnerable to frequent cyclones.
  • This compact island is too small to occupy and nurture the Rohingya population and there is chronic overcrowding in camps.

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