Rohingya Protest Against Living Conditions on Bangladesh Island


Several thousand Rohingya refugees have staged “unruly” protests against living conditions on a cyclone-prone island off Bangladesh where they were moved from vast camps on the mainland, police said.

Since December, Bangladesh has shifted 18,000 out of a planned 100,000 refugees to the low-lying silt island of Bhashan Char from the Cox’s Bazar region, where around 850,000 people live in squalid and cramped conditions.

Most of them had fled a brutal military offensive in neighboring Buddhist-majority Myanmar in 2017 that United Nations investigators concluded was executed with “genocidal intent.”

The protest involved up to 4,000 people, police said and coincided with an inspection visit by officials from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

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