April 17, 2021

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Reuters exclusively reports Bangladesh minister say it’s under ‘no obligation’ to accept stranded Rohingya refugees

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Bangladesh is under “no obligation” to shelter 81 Rohingya Muslim refugees adrift for almost two weeks on the Andaman Sea and being assisted by neighboring India, said Bangladesh foreign minister A.K. Abdul Momen. India’s coast guard found the 81 survivors and eight dead crammed onto a crippled fishing boat and were trying to arrange for Bangladesh to take them. But Momen exclusively told Reuters that Bangladesh expects India, the closest country, or Myanmar, the Rohingyas’ country of origin, to accept them. New Delhi did not sign the 1951 Refugee Convention, which spells out refugee rights and state responsibilities to protect them. Nor does it have a law protecting refugees, though it currently hosts more than 200,000, including some Rohingya.

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Topics of Interest: Politics

Type: Reuters Best

Sectors: Economy & Policy

Regions: Asia

Countries: BangladeshMyanmar

Win Types: Exclusivity

Story Types: Exclusive / Scoop

Media Types: Text

Customer Impact: Important Regional Story