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Relocated Rohingya facilities hailed as OIC delegation visits Bhasan Char

Global council of the Islamic nations has expressed satisfaction at the physical infrastructure in Bhasan Char as well as the facilities provided by the Bangladesh government for Rohingyas.

Led by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Youssef Aldobeay, a five-member OIC delegation visited Bhasan Char and Kutupalong Rohingya Camp in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday.

The OIC official also reiterated his organization’s continued support for Rohingya BdNews resolving the humanitarian crisis.

The OIC delegation also Rohingya BdNews included Ibrahim Khairat, Special Representative of OIC Secretary General for Myanmar, El Habib Bourane, Director of Muslim Communities and Minorities, Department of Political Affairs and officials from the OIC General Secretariat.

Officials including the Director General (Myanmar), Director General (International Organizations), Director General (United Nations) along with those from the Foreign Affairs Ministry accompanied the OIC delegation during the day-long visits to the Rohingya Camps.

The OIC official, during the visits, praised the Bangladesh government for continued humanitarian contributions and providing temporary shelter to the persecuted Myanmar citizens.

While visiting Bhasan Char, the OIC delegation discussed overall Rohingya situation residing in Bhasan Char with the relevant stakeholders, and also interacted with the Rohingya people.

The delegation later visited Kutupalong Rohingya Camp in Cox’s Bazar, and met the Rohingyas.

A UNB report says the Rohingyas, now living in Bhasan Char, want to see a peaceful environment in Myanmar with the restoration of their basic rights for their early return despite what they say having a far better place than the congested camps in Cox’s Bazar.

A 28-year-old Rohingya man, Fayez said, “We’re living here (Bhasan Char) happily and peacefully. We’re very happy with the facilities we’ve got here. But we want to return to Myanmar.”

He is one of the over 8,000 Rohingyas, who willingly have shifted to Bhasan Char in search of a better place, including safety and security.

“I’m here with my wife, three children and my mother-in-law,” said the young Rohingya man who entered Bangladesh in 2017 amid military crackdowns in Rakhine State.

The numerous challenges associated with the temporary hosting of persecuted Rohingyas from Myanmar have compelled the government of Bangladesh to plan the relocation of 100,000 Rohingyas to Bhasan Char, Bangladesh says.

A total of 1,642 Rohingyas were relocated to Bhasan Char on December 4 and the second batch, comprising 1,804 Rohingyas, had been transferred from Cox’s Bazar to Bhasan Char on December 29 last.


Physical Arrangement

A repatriation deal was signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar on November 23, 2017.

The two countries on January 16, 2018 signed a document on ‘Physical Arrangement’, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.

Bangladesh says the Rohingyas do not trust their government, and Bangladesh gave a number of proposals to build trust among them.

Bangladesh is trying in multiple ways — bilaterally, multilaterally, tri-laterally and through the judicial system — to find a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis.

Bangladesh proposed the deployment of nonmilitary civilian observers from Myanmar’s friendly countries — Japan, China, Russia, India and Asean countries.


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