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Bangladesh: Rohingya

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Labour, Bethnal Green and Bow

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the decision by the Government of Bangladesh to relocate Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char island.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We continue to stress to the Government of Bangladesh that any relocation of refugees to Bhasan Char Island must be voluntary, safe, dignified and in accordance with international humanitarian principles and standards. The UK fully supports the UN's position that independent, full and detailed technical and protection assessments should be conducted of Bhasan Char before any relocation of Rohingya refugees is considered. We welcome the Government of Bangladesh's commitment to ensure any relocation is voluntary and would like to see the inclusion of UN agencies in any relocation process.

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