End Forcible Relocation of Genocide Survivors to Potentially Uninhabitable Island

Target: Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Goal: Don’t intern Rohingya refugees on island that may be uninhabitable.

More than 10,000 refugees of the persecuted Rohingya people could soon be relocated to an artificial island which may not have access to sanitation, medicine, or communication, in a direct violation of their human rights. Bhasan Char, a silt island nearly 40 miles off the coast, has been championed by the Bangladeshi government as a relocation site for refugees from neighboring Myanmar. However, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has steadily refused to allow humanitarian investigations to be carried out to verify the island’s habitability.

Meanwhile, refugees, including children, protesting their relocation by hunger striking have allegedly been beaten with clubs by Bangladesh Navy personnel. Bangladesh must not be allowed to mistreat these victims of genocide, either through alleged physical abuse or inhumane housing. Sign the petition below to demand that this treatment end immediately.


Dear Prime Minister Hasina,

Your government’s decision to welcome Rohingya refugees from the ongoing genocide in Myanmar has been hailed as a victory for human rights. However, the effort to brutalize and forcibly relocate them would be a betrayal of that decision, risking leaving them stranded on an uninhabitable island far from access to basic necessities and the outside world.

I demand that you stop plans to relocate Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char until a complete inspection of the island has taken place and the doubts of the intended inhabitants addressed.


[Your Name Here]

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