Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) - A court here on Thursday fixed September 20 to deliver its order whether the trial proceedings in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case will continue in the absence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of Special Judge Court-5 fixed the date after a hearing.
Anti-Corruption Commission lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol on Thursday filed a petition to deliver the verdict in the case seeking completion of trial in the absence of Khaleda as she did not appear before the court during the last several months due to her illness.
Besides, Khaleda’s lawyer filed a petition to allow two lawyers to meet her in jail to have an idea about her physical condition.
In response to the petition, the court instructed the jail authorities to take steps as per prison rules.
The court on Wednesday asked Khaleda’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia to submit a written explanation today stating how the trial proceedings will continue in the case.
On September 4, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry issued a gazette notification to hold the trial of Khaleda Zia in the case at the Old Dhaka Central Jail after setting up a makeshift court there.
The following day Khaleda was produced before the special court-5 when she stated that she is sick and she will neither be able to appear before the court repeatedly nor can stay there for a long time.
The BNP chairperson is now at Nazimuddin Road central jail, serving five years' rigorous imprisonment as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 this year.
Tangail, Sept 13 (UNB) – A tribunal here on Thursday sentenced a young man to death for killing a minor girl after rape in Madhupur upazila in 2014.
The condemned convicted is Kamrul Islam, 24, son of Saban Ali, a resident Bhutia Akhrachuna village in the upazila. The court also fined him Tk 1 lakh.
According to prosecution, when eight-year old girl Bithi was playing in a field of the village on May 19 in 2014 Kamrul took her to an orchard alluring her for giving litchi and violated her. Later, he killed her.
Locals caught Kamrul and handed him over to police.
During interrogation, Kamrul confessed to his guilt. Following his information, police recovered the body from the orchard.
Victim’s father Abul Kalam filed a murder case accusing Kamrul on May 20.
After examining all the records and witnesses, Tangail Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal judge Khaleda Yeasmin handed down the verdict.
Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) – The government will undertake a Tk 300 crore project to get one lakh child labourers out of hazardous labour by 2021.
Speaking as the chief guest at a city seminar on Thursday, State Minister for Labour and Employment Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu said this.
The seminar organisers, Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra and Shapla Neer, however, called for early formulation of rules in line with the ‘Domestic Worker Protection and Welfare Policy-2015’ so that no children under the age of 12 years old can be employed as labourer while teen-agers of 14 to 18 years old can be employed only for non-hazardous light labours.
A total of 3.45 million children of 5 to 17 years’ old are child labourers of which 12.80 lakh children are employed in hazardous labour in Bangladesh, journalist Rita Bhowmick told the seminar in her keynote presentation quoting a 2013 ILO (International Labour Organisation) survey.
Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra in association with Shapla Neer held the seminar on Safety and Welfare of Child Domestic Workers following "Domestic Worker Protection and Welfare Policy-2015" at the National Press Club.
State Minister for Labour and Employment Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu emphasised on necessary law formulation and developing a law-abiding mentality among the people for protection of child labourers.
Bangladesh government is promise-bound to stop hazardous child labour by 2021 and all types of child labour by 2025, he said adding that, keeping the promise in mind the government is going to undertake a mega project to fulfill the target by 2025.
Keynote speaker Rita Bhowmick said, in 2017, a total of 32 domestic child workers became victim of physical torture, rape and murder. She said domestic child workers work upto 14 to 17 hours daily according to the Children Right Forum Survey 2014-15.
Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra and Shapla Neer came up with 17-point recommendation including formulating act following the guidelines, conducting national level survey to record the exact number of child domestic workers of the country, introducing special helpline for domestic workers and so on.
The speakers also urged the society and media to work for increasing awareness to prevent torturing domestic workers.
The programme was presided over by Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra President Nasimun Ara Huq.
Among others, Shamsunnahar, Advocacy Officer of Shapla Neer and Parvez Sultana Ruma, General Secretary of Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra also spoke in the occasion.
Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said the decision by the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) offers real hope for accountability for the crimes committed against Rohingyas in Myanmar.
“Although the decision doesn’t specifically address the crime of genocide, it offers real hope for accountability for the crimes committed,” she said while addressing the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday.
Bachelet welcomed last week's decision by the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC, which found that the Court has jurisdiction over the deportation from Myanmar of Rohingya, and possibly other crimes.
She, while making her statement at the high-level panel to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, said support for the Court is indispensable for both justice and deterrence.
“I urge all States to support the Court, and in this, the year we commemorate the 20thanniversary of its founding with the Rome Statute, I call upon all remaining countries to sign or ratify the Statute,” said the UN human rights chief in a statement a copy of which UNB received from Geneva.
Bachelet said genocide is always shocking but it is never committed without clear, multiple warning signs: a pattern of abuse against a group, intent to harm, a chain of command and finally a brutal and horrifying outcome.
“In the case of the Rohingya, warning signs abounded: a people oppressed from birth to death, an army answerable to no one, and systematic, state-led human rights violations that went unpunished for decades, including arbitrary deprivation of nationality," she said.
Bachelet said States have the primary responsibility for prosecuting perpetrators, but the Court’s use is wholly appropriate in cases where the State is unwilling or unable to deliver justice.
She said the Council’s Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar issued its shocking report on the military-led campaign of murder, rape and assault against the Rohingya people of Rakhine State.
“A conservative estimate of 10,000 dead, countless more bereaved, maimed, raped and traumatised, and nearly three-quarters of a million people forced to flee to Bangladesh,” she mentioned.
Bachelet said this leaves them in no doubt that the genocide convention matters as much today as it did on December 9, 1948, the day it became the very first human rights treaty to be adopted by the General Assembly – followed the next day by the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“These twin events marked the start of a new era of human rights: a vision of a world where the genocide of the Holocaust and the stripping of multiple human rights that it represented, would never happen again,” she said.
“Seventy years on, we must take stock of the gravity of recent acts, perpetrated against the Rohingya and Yazidis – and we must do everything possible to hold those responsible to account,” she added.
Bachelet said accountability matters – not only because it provides justice for victims and punishment for perpetrators.
“It matters because ending impunity is central to ending genocide. Prevention and punishment – the explicitly stated twin aims of the genocide convention – can never be seen in isolation from each other. Punishment is key to prevention. Impunity is an enabler of genocide: accountability is its nemesis,” she added.
The report’s central message is clear: transitional justice processes help to prevent violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, and in particular genocide, war crimes and ethnic cleansing.
They deliver truth, justice and reparations – and are therefore a vital tool in breaking the cycles of impunity, discrimination and marginalisation and the risk of recurrence.
Dhaka, Sept 13 (UNB) – Newly elected Australian Prime Minister Scott John Morrison has expressed his country’s willingness to strengthen bilateral ties with Bangladesh.
“I look forward to working with you (Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina) to strengthen the bilateral relationship,” said the Australian Prime Minister in a letter sent to his Bangladesh counterpart.
The letter, signed on September 1, was sent thanking Prime Minister Hasina for her greeting letter on Morrison’s appointment as the Prime Minister of Australia.
Morrison said he is pleased to note the strength and breadth of the relationship between the two countries. “Our two-way trading relationship grew by more than 11 percent last year and we cooperate closely in counter-terrorism and tackling other transnational crimes.”
He said the 49,000 people of Bangladeshi descent in Australia make a highly valued contribution to the Australian society.
“I acknowledge Bangladesh’s leadership in response to the Rohingya crisis,” said the Australian Prime Minister.
He noted that Australia has committed $70 million humanitarian relief, most of which has been directed to provide food, shelter and other essential services to those displaced people.
On August 27, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated Australia’s newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his assumption of office and wished his successful tenure.
Scott Morrison was sworn in on August 24 as the 30th Prime Minister of Australia.