DHAKA, Bangladesh 

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday urged Bangladeshi authorities to allow Rohingya refugees stranded in the Bay of Bengal for weeks to come ashore.

“The Bangladesh government should immediately allow hundreds of Rohingya refugees stranded in two trawlers in the Bay of Bengal to come ashore and receive necessary food, water and healthcare,” the rights watchdog said in a statement.

On Thursday, Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said they could not allow any more Rohingya to seek refuge in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have no room to shelter any foreign people or refugees,” he

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