Tell the US Government: Work to End the Forced Relocation of Rohingya

Senator Todd Young; Senator Edward Markey; The Honorable Antony Blinken; Ambassador Earl Miller; Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

The Crane Center for Mass Atrocity Prevention joins the United Nations (UN) and numerous other human rights organizations in calling upon the government of Bangladesh to cease its plans for the relocation of Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char. With little to no independent evidence demonstrating Bhasan Char’s ability to sustain safe, extended habitation along with Bangladesh’s refusal to allow the island to be assessed, we can only conclude that those Rohingya who are moved to the island will live in imminent peril.

We urge the government of Bangladesh to halt its plans to relocate the Rohingya to Bhasan Char and immediately allow for a thorough assessment of Bhasan Char’s sustainability for long-term habitation.  

Acting on our commitment to speak out in support of the Rohingya people’s demands in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp, we implore members of the U.S. Congress, as well as all U.S. government officials, to condemn this move immediately and in the strongest terms.

We ask you to stand with the Rohingya and lend your voice to our communal effort to end their plight. This statement, along with the signatures we gather, will be taken to state and federal legislators to encourage real, definitive action. See the full statement here.

Petition by
Marcus Steiner
Noblesville, Indiana
Sponsored by
Additional Sponsors

To: Senator Todd Young; Senator Edward Markey; The Honorable Antony Blinken; Ambassador Earl Miller; Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
From: [Your Name]

The government of Bangladesh must immediately cease the forcible relocation of Rohingya to the remote island of Bhasan Char until an independent assessment can determine whether the island is truly habitable.

While the government and people of Bangladesh deserve recognition for their willingness to provide aid and refuge to the Rohingya multiple times over the last half-century, they must continue to live up to their obligations, not just as members of the international community, but to basic human decency. As such, I urge the government of the United States to pressure Bangladesh to halt its plans to relocate the Rohingya to Bhasan Char and to take the following steps:

- Allow all Rohingya currently on Bhasan Char the option to relocate to Cox's Bazar and other camps with the intention of reuniting families where possible
- Allow for a thorough assessment of Bhasan Char's sustainability for long-term habitation
- The implementation of a transparent system to ensure all future relocations to Bhasan Char are done with the explicit, informed consent of those to be relocated
- Commit to facilitating third country resettlement of Rohingya refugees by issuing exit visas for those seeking resettlement
- A thorough investigation into the alleged abuse of Rohingya currently on Bhasan Char with the aid of outside investigators
- Allow access to UN and NGO observers for the implementation of all above steps

Further, I urge the government of the United States to take the following steps:

- Commit to formally recognizing the genocide against the Rohingya
- Commit to working with international partners to facilitate the official recognition of displaced Rohingya as refugees
- Commit to working with international partners to facilitate an end to Rohingya persecution in Myanmar (Burma)
- Commit to working with the International Court of Justice to ensure those responsible for the genocide against the Rohingya are held accountable