(COX’S BAZAR, March 17, 2021)—On March 17, a U.N. team of 18 people from various U.N. agencies, accompanied by Bangladesh government officials, conducted a three-day visit to Bhasan Char island—a remote, flood-prone silt island located off the coast of mainland Bangladesh where the Bangladesh government has relocated an estimated 14,000 Rohingya refugees. Since 2018, Fortify Rights exposed evidence of coerced, involuntary, and otherwise problematic relocations of refugees, issuing eight news releases, two films, and two joint open letters. Fortify Rights advocated for a U.N.-led technical assessment of the island through news releases published on December 3, 2020, August 5, 2020, and May 15, 2020, and through private advocacy meetings and joint open letters to the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on April 2, 2020 and November 12, 2019.
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