Dhaka, May 30 (UNB) - The issue of accountability and justice for gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity done against Rohingyas by Myanmar is likely to get prominence at the 14th Islamic Summit conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to be held in Makkah on Friday night.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said problems faced by Muslims minorities in non-Muslim countries and overall Rohingya situation will get special importance at the conference under the theme "Hand in Hand toward the Future”.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is now on a tri-nation visit, will lead Bangladesh delegation at the conference to be attended by high-level delegations of 148 countries, including Observer countries, OIC bodies and heads of various international organisations.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district. Most of the Rohingyas entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017 amid military crackdown agains them in Rakhine State.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International has gathered new evidence that the Myanmar military is committing war crimes and other human rights violations in Rakhine State.
The military operation is ongoing, raising the prospect of additional crimes being committed, it said following a recent investigation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
In the absence of any domestic accountability, Amnesty International has called on the UN Security Council to urgently refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court and impose a comprehensive arms embargo.
Myanmar’s international partners must also rethink about their relations with the Myanmar military leadership and implement targeted sanctions against senior officials through multilateral bodies like the European Union and the Association of South East Asian Nations, it said.
“With Myanmar’s military committing atrocities as brazenly as ever, it’s clear international pressure needs to intensify,” said Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International's Regional Director for East and Southeast Asia on Wednesday.
“Again and again, the international community has failed to stop the Myanmar military’s crimes and protect the civilian population. The Security Council was established to respond to exactly these kinds of situations, it’s time it took its responsibility seriously.”
The new report, “No one can protect us”: War crimes and abuses in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, details how the Myanmar military, also known as the Tatmadaw, have killed and injured civilians in indiscriminate attacks since January 2019.
The Islamic Summit Conference will also focus on the Palestinian cause and developments in the Arab, African and Asian regions, according to OIC.
Cultural, economic, scientific, social and other matters of concern to the OIC Member States will equally be discussed, it said.
Two meetings as preparation to the 14th Islamic Summit Conference were held in Jeddah.
The OIC Senior Officials held their meeting, in preparation for the Summit, on May 27 in the presence of Member States’ delegations and representatives to the Organization.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry’s Undersecretary for International and Multilateral Affairs Abdulrahman Al-Rassi presided over the Senior Officials’ Meeting that discussed the Summit’s draft final communiqué.
It was referred to the preparatory foreign ministerial meeting for the Summit held on Thursday.
Dhaka, May 30 (UNB) – Mitsubishi Corporation and Summit Group on Thursday appraised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina about the progress of the Summit-Mitsubishi and GE’s investment of $USD 3 billion in Bangladesh.
Jun Nishizawa, Group CEO of Natural Gas Group of Mitsubishi Corporation and Muhammed Aziz Khan, founder Chairman of Summit Group met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at New Otani Hotel, Tokyo during a business breakfast meeting to appraise her about the investment progress.
They also discussed other power and energy projects being pursued by Summit and Mitsubishi, said the Summit Group in a media release issued from Tokyo.
Jun Nishizawa said they are happy to have successfully partnered in Bangladesh’s second FSRU terminal with Summit Group. “Mitsubishi has a track record and is keen to invest into gas-to-power project in Bangladesh with our partner Summit Group in order to contribute to the country’s growing energy demand.”
The scope of this project includes four units of 600 MW combined cycle power plants (total generating capacity of 2,400 MW), two units of on-shore LNG terminal with total of 380,000 m³ capacity, oil terminals with 100,000 MT capacity and another 300 MW HFO-based power plant.
Summit will be the majority owner of the project while Mitsubishi and GE will be owning the remaining one.
The project is designed to be completed at a global best tariff by 2023 beginning from 2019. With implementation of this project in 2023, Summit will be doubling its generation capacity.
Dhaka, May 30 (UNB) – The Red Cross Society of China has donated US$ 100,000 to Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) to help the people affected by Cyclone Fani.
Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo handed over the cheque of donation to the BDRCS Secretary General Md Feroz Salah Uddin at a function held at the Chinese Embassy here on Thursday.
BDRCS director Nazmul Azam Khan, assistant director (International Relation & Communication) Kh. Enayetullah Akram Palash and Chinese Embassy officials were present.
Ambassador Zuo said their support will continue to help run humanitarian activities carried out by the BDRCS.
The government estimated the damage caused by Cyclone Fani at Tk 536.61 crore. It affected the environment, infrastructure and livelihood of the people.
The cyclone flooded 63,000 hectares of land and destroyed crops on 1,800 hectares.
Tokyo, May 30 (UNB)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said Asia can dominate the world if all countries of this continent can work together.
"There're developed, developing and least developed countries in Asia. if all the countries in Asia can work together then it can dominate the world...we've that prospect," she said.
The Prime Minister made the statement when President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Shinichi Kitaoka met her at her hotel suite here.
PM's speech writer Md Nazrul Islam briefed reporters after the meeting.
Sheikh Hasina said Japan is a close friend of Bangladesh since its independence in 1971 and continues its support to Bangladesh.
After the independence of Bangladesh in 1971, Japan was one of the countries that came forward to help build the war-ravaged Bangladesh, she mentioned.
Hasina requested the JICA President to establish a training centre in Bangladesh to train up youths for their skill development.
Like Japan, Bangladesh is transforming from an agriculture-based country into an industrial country taking Japan as its model, said the Prime Minister.
"Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman also wanted that," she added.
Hasina, however, expressed profound sorrow for the loss of lives of Japanese people in the Holey Artisan incident and condoled their deaths.
The JICA President termed the high growth of Bangladesh under the leadership of the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as a remarkable one.
Kitaoka said the study programme with Bangladesh will be strengthened as they are giving importance to it. "Our experience and knowledge can be used for human resource development in Bangladesh."
He mentioned that JICA has taken a programme to train up more people in Bangladesh.
Due to the successful meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister on Wednesday, he said, JICA would be able to work with Bangladesh more closely.
Kitaoka said Bangladesh and Japan will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of relations of the two countries in 2022.
Kitaoka congratulated the Prime Minister on her re-election for the 4th term, and hoped that Bangladesh will be more prosperous and happier country in the coming days.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, PM's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shariar Alam, Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs) at PMO Abul Kalam Azad, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque and Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Rabab Fatima were present during the meeting.
Dhaka, May 30 (UNB) - Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday emphasized that the Muslim nations should be able to resolve their own issues within Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and proposed a new platform for the Ulema to work together to counter extremism and terrorism.
While speaking on cooperation for faster development, the Foreign Minister stressed the need for synchronizing policies and programmes of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) with the goals and targets of the OIC under its second ten year development plan.
Dr Momen prominently highlighted the issue of the forcibly displaced Rohingya community of Myanmar sheltered in Bangladesh and sought support of the OIC member states in resolving the crisis.
He particularly stressed on addressing the two important issues- their repatriation to Myanmar and the issue of accountability and justice for gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity done against the Rohingyas.
The Minister appreciated the Gambia-led initiative of taking legal recourse to establish Rohingya rights and address their justice question at the International Court of Justice against Myanmar.
He was addressing at the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) preparatory meeting to 14th Islamic Summit of the OIC held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Foreign Minister Momen led the Bangladesh delegation at the meeting.
The meeting agreed on the outcome documents – a resolution on Palestine and the draft final communique, which among other issues, covered the Rohingya crisis and contain directions for member states to address the return and accountability questions, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The drafts were finalized by the senior officials meeting on May 27 in which the Bangladesh delegation was led by Director General AFM Gousal Azam Sarker.
During his intervention at the Ministerial Level meeting the Foreign Minister highlighted the need for solidarity and unity among the member states of OIC.
He stressed on cooperation in diversified fields while underscoring the urgency for addressing the major challenges of the Muslim Ummah such as the conflict situation and tension in many OIC countries, terrorism, Islamophobia, humanitarian issues, and underdevelopment.
On the sidelines, the Foreign Minister attended the Ad Hoc Ministerial Committee meeting dealing with the Banjul process of accountability and justice for Rohingyas.
The meeting came out very productive and fruitful, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.
On the sidelines of the CFM, the Foreign Minister met his counterparts from Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei and Maldives.
The leaders discussed various issues of mutual concern as well as issues of importance for the Muslim Ummah in general.
The issue of Rohingya featured prominently during the discussion and the leaders put emphasis on the repatriation and accountability of the perpetrators.
Dr Momen also called for greater economic integration and trade facilitation among the countries.
He also discussed with South East Asian Cooperation Forum for economic integration in the region which is expected to be launched in Dhaka in June 2019.