Bangladesh: Rohingya

Department for International Development written question – answered on 17th December 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suitability for large scale human habitation by refugees of the silt island of Bhasan Char in the River Meghna.

Photo of Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received from UN personnel who have visited the silt island of Bhasan Char about the suitability of the island for accommodating up to 100,000 Rohingya refugees.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development

We have made clear to the government of Bangladesh that any relocation of refugees must be safe, dignified and meet international humanitarian principles and standards. The Government of Bangladesh and humanitarian agencies have formed a working group. A UN led technical assessment of the island is a priority to understand the viability of the relocation proposal.

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