Title : Rohingya Muslims: (Prelims Specific Content)
Date : Nov 23, 2021
Bangladesh plans to move over 80,000 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char, an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal, after reaching an agreement with the UN to assist them.
Despite concerns highlighted by relief organisations, some 19,000 Muslim refugees from Myanmar have been migrated from overcrowded camps on the mainland to Bhashan Char island.
Bhasan Char is an island that was built primarily to house 1,000 of the 1 million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.
Human rights groups have criticised the move, claiming that some people are being forced to travel against their will. However, the government claims that the refugees who have arrived on the island have done so freely.
Who are the Rohingya people:
They are a Muslim-dominated ethnic group.
Myanmar did not offer them full citizenship.
"Resident foreigners or associate citizens" was their classification.
Ethnically, they are more closely related to India's and Bangladesh's Indo-Aryans than to the country's Sino-Tibetans.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described him as "one of, if not the, most discriminated persons on the planet."