Chapainawabganj, Nov 4 (UNB) – A Bangladeshi cattle trader was reportedly beaten to death in Jahurput Tek border of Sadar upazila early Sunday.
The deceased was identified as Dalim Majhi, 23, son of Monglu Majhi of Nisipara village in Panka union of Shibganj upazila.
Kamal Uddin Hoda, chairman of Narayanpur union, said that members of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) detained Dalim early Saturday from Patlatola camp near 19/4 no. bordering pillar when he along with a group of cattle traders entered Indian to bring cattle.
Later, the BSF members beat him to death with rifles, said the chairman.
The body was rescued and brought to back his house around 6 am by the fellow cattle traders, said the chairman adding that the body bored several injury marks.
Lt Col Sajjad Sarwar, commanding officer of BGB-53 battalion, said they have heard about the incident.
“But it was not clear whether Dalim was tortured to death by BSF members or not.”
Rajshahi, Nov 4 (UNB) – Two motorcyclists were killed as a truck hit their vehicle on Rajshahi-Dhaka highway in Tarapur area of Puthia upazila on Sunday morning.
The deceased were identified as Emon Ali, son of Jeker Ali, resident of Boiragipara area and Sujon Islam, 26, son of Nazrul Islam, resident of Tokipur area of Rajshahi city.
Sub-inspector Mostafizur Rahman of Poba Highway Police outpost said a Natore-bound goods-laden truck hit the motorcycle around 8am, leaving Emon dead on the spot and Sujon critically injured.
The injured was taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Sylhet, Nov 4 (UNB) – Police arrested a local BNP leader from Goalabazar area in Osmaninagar upazila on Saturday night in a case filed under Special Power Act.
The arrestee was identified as Goyas Mia, son of Safiq Ullah of Brahmangram in Goalabazar union and also vice-chairman of Osmaninagar Upazila Parishad.
A team of police arrested Goyas, assistant general secretary of upazila BNP, from the area around 9 pm, said S M Al Mamun, officer-in-charge of Osmaninagar Police Station.
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) - Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan will visit Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district on Sunday to see the situation on the ground.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali accompanied him during the visit where they reviewed the strong bilateral relations and close cooperation between two nations.
Minister Ali also briefed his counterpart on the status of Rohingyas who fled form Rakhine state in Myanmar and hoped that the repatriation process will commence soon.
“We both emphasised the need to do so in a voluntary, safe and dignified manner," the Singapore Minister wrote on his verified Facebook page.
The Singapore minister also said that Asean stands ready to support Bangladesh and Myanmar in finding a long-term solution.
Minister Balakrishnan arrived here on Saturday evening on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral and regional issues with special focus on Rohingya one, said an official.
Bangladesh and Myanmar have already agreed to begin first batch of Rohingya repatriation on November 15.
His Bangladesh counterpart Minister Ali hosted a dinner in honour of Singapore Minister at State guesthouse Padma on Saturday night.
The visiting Minister is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (Sunday morning) before going to Cox’s bazar to oversee the Rohingya situation.
He is scheduled to return back to Dhaka in the evening after visiting the Rohingya camps.
On September 29, Minister Balakrishnan said Myanmar should start repatriating the Rohingyas from Bangladesh, and it must ensure that they return to a society where there is security, peace, justice and better prospects for everyone.
“The next step has to be repatriation, since there was an agreement signed between Myanmar and Bangladesh, in fact, in November last year,” he said in New York.
Minister Balakrishnan, earlier, outlined ASEAN’s engagement of Myanmar in helping it respond to this crisis, and underscored ASEAN’s readiness to assist with humanitarian relief.
Singapore thinks a long term solution to this complex issue could only be found when all relevant stakeholders were committed to resolving the issue.
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) - Bangladesh has said accountability would serve as an important confidence building measure for the Rohingyas' to return voluntarily without which the repatriation would not be sustainable.
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Masud Bin Momen said this at the general debate of the General Assembly on the report of the Human Rights Council in New York recently.
“While our continued efforts and readiness for safe, voluntary and dignified repatriation of Rohingyas to their original place of abode in the Rakhine state is about to see fruition, one should therefore, not be oblivious of the imperativeness of ensuring accountability for the gravest atrocities perpetrated against them,” he said.
Accountability, Ambassador Momen said, would be crucial for implementation of the bilateral instruments and hence should be pursued right earnest.
“We wish to reiterate our commitment to work closely with the Human Rights Council in the coming days,” he said.
During the last Council session, Bangladesh had taken evident interest in the follow up to the work of UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar.
“We reiterate our appreciation to the Fact-Finding for its authoritative work on documenting evidence-based information on the gravest crimes under international law committed against the Rohingya and other forcibly displaced people from Myanmar’s Rakhine State,” said Ambassador Momen.
He said they believe the Council had yet again taken a decisive action in renewing the mandate of the Fact-Find Mission, and in deciding to establish an ongoing investigation mechanism to collate, analyse and preserve the evidence of atrocity crimes against the Rohingya and others affected.
Bangladesh has always maintained that the possibility for repatriation of the Rohingya to their place of origin in Myanmar can be realized only in an environment that restores their safety, dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms.
"We see the Human Rights Council’s engagement to be an effort to safeguard the interest of the Rohingya and other minorities in Kachin and Shan States from the systematic human rights violations they had been subjected to so far," said Ambassador Momen.
He said the outright rejection of the Council’s overtures to Myanmar can be construed by those affected as a continued denial by the concerned State of their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including a pathway to citizenship for the Rohingya.
"We regret Myanmar’s non-cooperation with the Fact-Finding Mission and the Special Rapporteur so far. The question of the objective of the Mission or the Special Rapporteur could be raised only if Myanmar had constructively engaged with them," he said.
Bangladesh has been elected again to the Human Rights Council this year for the term 2019-2021 representing the Asia-Pacific Group.
Ambassador Momen said Bangladesh is fully committed to redeeming its pledges and commitments that it has made and upholding the high objectives of the Council.
Elections to the Council twice during the terms of the present government is a recognition of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s unstinting efforts to uphold the rights and dignity of people, he said.
Bangladesh delegation finds the Universal Periodic Mechanism (UPR) as a useful tool at the hand of the Human Rights Council to engage with each and every member state on human rights issues.
"We did our Universal Periodic Review in May this year during which the international community highly appreciated our good practices in upholding human rights," said Ambassador Momen.
He said Bangladesh as an elected member to the Council will continue to promote such constructive mechanisms of the Council in the coming days.
The Council membership reflects the diversity of the comity of nations, and is integral to the ownership and effectiveness of its work.
"We do not subscribe to the idea of refusing to engage with a mandate holder on the basis of his or her individual identity. If questions are raised about his or her objectivity or impartiality, the concerned Member States and others concerned should continue to remain engaged in the interest of promoting a balanced approach," said Ambassador Momen.