Police escorted first of the refugees from Cox’s Bazar to Chittagong port and then on to Bhasan Char – a flood-prone Bay of Bengal island that emerged from the sea 20 years ago.
Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims are stranded on at least two trawlers between Bangladesh and Malaysia, rights groups recently said, as Southeast Asian governments tighten borders to keep out the new coronavirus.
Thousands of Rohingya refugees joined a rally to mark the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh, demanding that Myanmar grant them their citizenship and other rights before they return.
Myanmar rejected the findings of a UN investigation alleging genocide by its military against the Rohingya, after the US and other countries joined growing calls for them to face justice.
The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross says "over a million people live in misery, held hostage to a profoundly unsettling contradiction." Peter Maurer was speaking after visiting Rohingya refugees in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
At least seven people were killed and 50 injured by Cyclone Mora in southeast Bangladesh, the chief administrator of Cox's Bazar district Mohammad Ali Hussain said.
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