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Rohingya Crisis

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  • October 11, 2021
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Rohingya Crisis

Part of: Prelims and GS II – International relations

Context Bangladesh is planning to send more than 80,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island- Bhasan Char– in the Bay of Bengal after sealing an agreement for the United Nations to provide help.

  • Some 19,000 of the Muslim refugees from Myanmar have already relocated to the island, despite doubts raised by aid groups.

Background

  • Bhasan Char is an island specifically developed to accommodate 1,00,000 of the 1 million Rohingya who have fled from neighbouring Myanmar.
  • Human rights groups have criticised the move.

Who are Rohingyas?

  • They are an Ethnic group, mostly Muslims. They were not granted full citizenship by Myanmar.
  • They were classified as “resident foreigners or associate citizens”.
  • Ethnically they are much closer to Indo-Aryan people of India and Bangladesh than to the Sino-Tibetans of Myanmar.
  • Described by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as “one of, if not the, most discriminated people in the world”.

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