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Bangladesh transported on 4. December in the first phase of a controversial planned move of 100. 000 more than 1. 600 Rohingya refugees on a low-lying island.

Almost a million Rohingya – most of whom fled a military offensive in neighboring Myanmar three years ago – live in poor camps in southeastern Bangladesh. A return to Myanmar seems unlikely for the time being.

Dhaka wants 100. Bringing 000 refugees to Bhashan Char, a silt island that critics say can be flooded and is on the way of hurricanes that wreak havoc in the region.

Rights groups have claimed that many of those who participated in the first wave on Jan.. December, were forced to deal with threats or sweeteners.

This has been confirmed by some family members with whom AFP spoke on Jan.. December spoke in camps in Cox’s Bazar District as they tearfully said goodbye to their relatives.

« They mercilessly beat my son and even broke his teeth so that he agreed to go to the island, » said Sufia Khatun, 60, who came to see her son and five other relatives too saying goodbye.

At the United Nations, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said there had been « some reports from the camps that some refugees may be pressured to move » or that they had changed their minds about the move.

« If so, they should be allowed to stay in the camps in Cox ‘Bazar, » he said.

But Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen called the claims « a bloody lie » and said the facilities on the island are « much better » than in the camps.

Bangladesh has spent around US $ 400 million from its own coffers to build shelters and a 3 m long flood dam around the facilities.

The government said the facilities were « heavily built with concrete foundations that can withstand natural disasters such as cyclones and tidal waves ». .

The island « has all modern amenities, year-round fresh water, a beautiful lake, adequate infrastructure and improved facilities, » the Foreign Ministry said on Aug.. December.

It says: “This includes the uninterrupted supply of electricity and water, agricultural properties, cyclone shelters, two hospitals, four community clinics, mosques, warehouses, telecommunication services, police stations, recreation and learning centers, playgrounds, etc.. . ”

The Bangladeshi authorities say the relocation will ease the congestion of the vast network of camps, where deadly landslides as well as violence by drug gangs and extremists are common.

However, it is unclear whether the refugees can leave if they want.

The UN office in Bangladesh said it had been prevented from independently assessing the island’s « safety, feasibility and sustainability » as a place to live.

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