May 14, 2020

A British civil engineering company is facing criticism for its involvement in resettling Rohingya refugees on a “prison island” in the Bay of Bengal, reports the Telegraph. The Bangladeshi Navy is sending refugees to the island as punishment for escaping the world’s largest refugee camp, Kutupalong in Cox’s Bazar.

The island is prone to flooding and is unfit for human habitation because it lies less than than three metres above sea level and its inhabitants risk being submerged during next month’s monsoon.

Mark Farmaner, director of Burma Campaign UK, said: “Without the expertise of HR Wallingford, Bangladesh would have been unable to prepare the island and imprison Rohingya on it against their will.”

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