Dhaka, Apr 26 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Friday urged all not to use Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's name for business purpose or self-interest.
"I request everyone who love and respect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to see that his name is not used for business purpose," he said.
He made the remarks at a discussion on Mujibnagar Day arranged by Bangabandhu Foundation at Shawkat Osman Auditorium of Central Public Library in the capital.
Addressing the programme, Food Minister Sadhan Chanda Majumder said those who claim BNP founder Ziaur Rahman as the proclaimer of independence should be put on trial in public court.
Criticizing BNP's demand for their Chairperson Khaleda Zia's bail saying, "Her case is not pending anymore rather she has been sentenced by the court."
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain MP highlighted the role of the Mujibnagar government formed on April 17 in 1971.
"After the Mujibnagar Government took oath, our Liberation War officially started," he said.
He further said that those who do not observe the Mujibnagar Day cannot be a pro-liberation force.
The discussion was attended by members of different sections of ruling Awami League party.
Cox's Baza, April 26 (UNB) - Visiting three top UN officials have urged the donors to do more and act faster to share the burden that Bangladesh is shouldering due to presence of huge number of Rohingya people in the district.
Heads of three UN agencies – Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Vitorino, Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Lowcock, Head of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Emergency Relief Coordinator -- are jointly visiting Rohingya camps.
"High prices, deforestation, traffic jams, insecurity... visiting Cox’s Bazar, once again, shows the dramatic impact on local communities hosting Rohingya refugees. @IO Mchief @UN Relie fChief and I are calling on donors to do more (and act faster) to share this burden," Grandi tweeted.
They will brief media on their visit at a hotel on Friday afternoon.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday said those who are opposing the relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasan Char Island should take the responsibility if there is any casualty in Cox's Bazar camps during monsoon.
“If people die due to landslides following heavy rainfalls, we’ll not be responsible. You - who are creating barriers - should be responsible. This is your responsibility,” he conveyed to visiting three top UN officials during his meeting with them.
The Foreign Minister also encouraged the UN officials to visit Myanmar saying Bangladesh is doing everything that is necessary forRohingyas.
On Wednesday, they met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam.
Bangladesh said the relocation of Rohingya people to Bhasan Char Island will help address the congestion problem in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps.
Bangladesh also informed the visiting three top UN officials that the government of Bangladesh has already developed Bhasan Char island to accommodate some 1,00,000 Rohingyas.
Dhaka, April 26 (UNB) - Bangladesh has said the international community, particularly the UN Security Council, cannot avoid the responsibility for a sustainable solution to the Rohingya crisis through voluntary, safe and dignified return of the Rohingyas to their place of origin and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen said this at the Open Debate of the Security Council on ‘Sexual Violence in Conflict’ at the UNHQ recently, said the Bangladesh Mission on Friday.
Mentioning that the culture of impunity as experienced by the world in the case of Rohingya crisis-related sexual violence in Myanmar, he said without bringing an end to it, justice cannot be done.
In such cases, the Ambassador said, ensuring accountability and justice is a must to create confidence and incentivize repatriation which they do not see happening.
In this context, Ambassador Masud asked the Council –“Would you expect these Rohingyas particularly the women and girls who have been subject to unspeakable sexual violence to be willing to return without any guarantee that the same fate would not befall upon them?”.
He recalled the horrific experience during Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971 when the women of Bangladesh had gone through widespread and systematic sexual violence and abuse as a tactic of war.
He said, “That has come back with the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. According to ‘Save the Children’, in 2018 alone, an estimated 4,000 Rohingya babies were born in the camps many of whom are unwanted even by their mothers, as we can all imagine, why? Their recognition, compensation, and ensuring for them a better future in their country of origin is something the international community should take a hard look at.”
Highlighting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, he said in Bangladesh, as a top troops/police-contributing country, they have ensured awareness raising and pre-deployment training for all of their peacekeepers.
"We've also implemented guidelines by our Supreme Court by establishing women-only committees in workplaces to hear complaints against discrimination and sexual violence against women and girls. Our authorities are going ahead with the National Plan of Action on women, peace and security with the help of UN Women.”
Ambassador Masud also enumerated Bangladesh’s initiatives to prevent sexual violence such as, strengthening national laws and investigation mechanisms, providing protection to victims, ensuring victims’ rights for sexual and reproductive healthcare and reparation and capacity building at local and national levels.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten, Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in 2018 Dr Denis Mukwege Mukengere and Nadia Murad and Barrister Amal Clooney spoke at this high-level open debate.
The open debate focused on the importance of accountability, and also addressed survivor-centred approaches to addressing sexual violence in conflict settings.
The event was convened by Germany, the President of the Security Council for the month of April.
Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB)- The Australian High Commission in Dhaka On Thursday commemorated the 104th anniversary of ANZAC Day, remembering Australian and New Zealand servicemen and women who died in wars and conflicts, including 30 buried in Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemeteries in Bangladesh.
Ms Julia Niblett, the High Commissioner of Australia, along with the Bangladesh Government representative, Director General of DGFI Major General Md Saiful Abedin, BSP, ndc, psc, Chargé d' Affaires, Embassy of Turkey Mr Enis Faruk Erdem, Honorary Consul of New Zealand Mr Neaz Ahmed, and Captain Andrew Dakin of the Royal Australian Navy, placed wreaths at the remembrance service.
ANZAC Day is held on 25 April to commemorate the day in 1915 when troops from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed in Gallipoli, Turkey during World War I. During the eight month Gallipoli campaign over 8,700 Australians were killed.
This year on ANZAC Day, the contribution of Australian service nurses - men and women – was particularly acknowledged. The Commemorative Service highlighted the sacrifice of servicemen from the Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force who served with British Royal Air Force Squadrons in both the Burma and India/Ceylon theatres, including around Chittagong during the Second World War.
A number of these airmen lost their lives while supporting the jungle fighters and now lie buried in the Chittagong and Comilla war cemeteries.
Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB) - Bangladesh on Thursday said the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is expected to become an important platform through which the engagement can be expanded further for mutual benefit as Bangladesh has multifaceted cooperation with China.
“Bangladesh needs huge financial resources and technological support to upgrade the infrastructure, make rapid industrialisation and create millions of jobs to eradicate poverty. China can extend a helping hand in this regard,” said Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun.
He made the remarks while addressing the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) being held in Beijing.
Mahmud Humayun said China has emerged as an important development partner of Bangladesh and already become Bangladesh’s largest trading partner.
He said Bangladesh has been actively promoting the BCIM Economic Corridor, a key BRI project connecting China with South Asia and the resourceful Indian Ocean.
“Bangladesh is centrally situated along the BCIM Economic Corridor and expected to be hugely benefitted from the enhanced connectivity. Bangladesh also occupies an important position along the Maritime Silk Road and her ports can become important maritime hubs in the Indian Ocean region,” he mentioned.
Bangladesh formally joined the BRI through the signing of an MoU during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Bangladesh in October, 2016.
Under the Belt and Road Initiative framework, China wants to share its development experiences with other countries and improve connectivity between Asia and Europe and Africa.
The BRI is a multi-billion-dollar initiative launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping. This mega initiative emerged when President Xi came to power in 2013.
Leaders, including heads of state and government from 37 countries, are attending the three-day forum's roundtable summit.
China's Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by President Xi Jinping nearly six years ago, has made practical progress, with 125 countries and 29 international organizations having signed 173 cooperation agreements under the initiative framework as of March 27, according to China Daily.
Under the initiative's five cooperation priorities of policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bond, there are a batch of projects, such as transportation construction and industrial infrastructure, in full swing or already having yielded fruitful results, the Chinese daily reported.