Burma Times Correspondent: January 28, 2015
Almost 2,000 Rohingya refugees in Shaplapur face eviction as the Bangladesh government plans to build a highway through their habitat.
Shaplapur is close to the city of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.
According to Bangladesh law, the refugees are illegal and they will not have any right to rehabilitation.
The Rohingyas have been ordered to clear out of the area by Wednesday.
Eviction operations in Bangladesh are conducted aggressively by the authorities and anyone protesting is arrested. As the refugees are illegal, they face greater risks of imprisonment and ill treatment in Bangladesh jail.
Locals say that they will face huge financial loss because of the eviction order. Their future is uncertain as there are few places in densely populated South Eastern Bangladesh to accommodate them.
At least 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to the neighbouring country following brutal persecution in Arakan where the present population is now estimated at less than a million.
Muslim refugees are however not welcome in Bangladesh.