DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has begun preparations to move thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island off its coast, officials said on Wednesday, despite opposition from many refugees and human rights groups who have termed it an “island detention center”.
FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Rohingya refugees carry bricks to a construction site at the Balukhali camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, April 8, 2019.
More than 730,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar in 2017 following a military-led crackdown that the U.N has said was executed with genocidal intent.
More than 300 refugees were brought to the island earlier this year after an attempt to flee Bangladesh for Malaysia by boat failed and they were stranded at sea for months.
They have said they were being held against their will and complained of human rights violations, some resorting to hunger strikes, according to rights groups.
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