In a flagrant violation of international law, Myanmar has been building a concrete structure in the no-man's land on its border with Bangladesh in Bandarban's Ghumdhum area.
The structure would obstruct the flow of a canal in the area, causing flooding. This would result in displacement of around 6,000 Rohingyas who have been living there since August 2017 following the Myanmar army's crackdown on the minority community in Rakhine, said Bangladesh officials.
Rohingyas expressed fear that the Myanmar army might use the structure as a patrolling station.
Cox's Bazar Deputy Commissioner Kamal Ahmed has sent a letter to the cabinet secretary on Tuesday, expressing concern over the construction work and its possible consequences.
“The Myanmar government cannot set up any structure on the no-man's land. If the structure is built, the Rohingyas in no-man's land will face sufferings as the whole area will go under water,” the DC told The Daily Star on Wednesday.
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Prof Imtiaz Ahmed of Dhaka University's international relations department said it was a violation of international law by Myanmar.
“No country can carry out a construction work in no-man's land without a bilateral agreement with its neighbour,” he said.
According to international law, no construction can be done within 150 yards on either side of the border between two countries if there is no bilateral deal to do so.
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