Digital Desk, New Delhi. Bangladesh has said that it has no responsibility to provide shelter to more than 80 Rohingya refugees caught in the Andaman Sea. These Rohingya refugees boarded a boat from Bangladesh two weeks ago and were later captured by the Indian Coastguard. But, India has no intention of giving them shelter here.
According to the BBC report, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said that it is not the responsibility of his country to resettle every Rohingya. He said that these refugees are from Myanmar. He said that Myanmar or India should take them here. More than 1 million Rohingya Muslims are living in crowded camps in Bangladesh after fleeing Myanmar.
India has no intention of keeping them here
The Indian Coast Guard caught a fishing boat fully loaded with people. In this, 8 dead people were also found along with the living people. Indian officials said on Friday that they are trying to give Bangladesh shelter to these people. Although India is providing food and water to these refugees, it has no intention of keeping them with them.
Momen told news agency Royerts late evening on Friday that Bangladesh hoped that India or Myanmar would accept them. Myanmar is the country of origin of these Rohingya refugees. Momen said that they are not citizens of Bangladesh, but they are from Myanmar. They have been found 1,700 km away from Bangladesh’s maritime border and as such we have no responsibility to take them.
1 million Rohingya refugees living in camps in Bangladesh
About 1 million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are living in camps in Bangladesh. In 2017, Rohingyas fled from Myanmar in droves in the wake of the Myanmar army carrying out a deadly attack on Rohingya Muslims. Criminals involved in human trafficking often promise Rohingya refugees to work in South Asian countries such as Malaysia. UNHCR, a United Nations refugee agency, raised concerns over the missing boat.