Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are confined to overcrowded camps in Bangladesh [File: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]

Bangladesh risks creating a “new crisis” for Rohingya refugees if it goes ahead next month with plans to relocate 23,000 people to an uninhabited island prone to cyclones, a United Nations human rights envoy has warned.

Yanghee Lee, the UN’s special rapporteur on Myanmar who visited Bachar Char recently, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday that she was unsure if the Bay of Bengal island was “truly habitable”.

She also warned that “ill-planned” relocations without the consent of refugees “have the potential

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