Dhaka, Dec 21 (UNB) -The United Nations has said it is closely following the situation in Bangladesh ahead of the national election scheduled to be held on December 30.
“We’re following the situation closely and it’s very important as a matter of principle that anywhere there are elections, that they be conducted freely and fairly and that the space be given for people to express themselves,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, at a press briefing on Thursday.
Earlier at a regular briefing at the UN on December 10, the spokesman made it clear that the United Nations does not send observers saying, “The UN has no observers. We don’t send observers.”
“We believe, as a matter of principles, that elections should be held in a positive climate, free from any sort of intimidation,” said Dujarric.
Following a request for UN electoral assistance from the Bangladesh Election Commission, the spokesman said the UN office in Bangladesh is providing technical electoral assistance through the UNDP/UN Women's support to the Bangladesh Parliamentary Election Project.
Dhaka, Dec 20 (UNB) – Senior Indian diplomat Riva Ganguly Das, now serving as the Director General of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh.
She is expected to take up the assignment shortly, Indian Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla has been appointed the next Indian Ambassador to the United States of America (USA).
He is expected join the new assignment soon, said Indian ministry.
Shringla was appointed Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh in November 2015.
Dhaka, Dec 20 (UNB) - UN experts on Thursday welcomed a call in the recently adopted Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) for States to partner with business to protect the rights of migrants and ensure they share economic benefits they generate.
For the first time, the vast majority of UN Member States recognise that a cooperative approach is essential to facilitate the overall benefits of migration, while addressing its human rights risks and challenges for individuals and communities in countries of origin, transit and destination. It could not be timelier, said the UN experts.
They are Dante Pesce, who chairs the UN Working Group on business and human rights, Urmila Bhoola, the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and its consequences, and Felipe González Morales, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants.
The GCM is the first, inter-governmental agreement prepared under the auspices of the United Nations to cover international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner, according to a message UNB received from Geneva.
It was adopted in Marrakech, Morocco on 10 and 11 December 2018 and presented at the General Assembly on December 19.
It includes 23 objectives for better managing migration at local, national, regional and global levels.
The experts welcomed the GCM’s emphasis on genuine public-private partnerships, based on shared values and responsibilities, to facilitate the economic contribution of migrants while protecting them from human rights abuses.
“Migrant workers all over the world are too often subjected to unethical recruitment processes, indecent work conditions and lack of social protection. In fact, these challenges are among the most critical that our societies face,” the experts said.
These challenges require governments to immediately start implementing the agreement, they said.
For example, they said, States can strengthen labour inspections and take effective measure to ensure that employers do not confiscate passports and identity documents of migrant workers.
“To foster responsible business practice, governments should use regulation and policy to promote business respect for the rights of migrant workers. They should also lead by example, including in operations of State-owned enterprises and in public procurement.”
Private sector employers must also respect the rights of migrants, act collectively and engage in key activities designed to identify solutions towards ensuring the GCM objectives are met in practice.
For example, the GCM asks States to work with employers to ensure that migrant workers are provided with written contracts and are made aware of how to access effective complaint and redress mechanisms, in a language they understand.
Sound and comprehensive State regulations of occupational health and safety protections and fair remuneration for millions of migrant workers in low-wage sectors, combined with adequate human rights due diligence by companies to prevent abuses of migrant workers across their supply chains are concrete examples of shared action toward the situation of migrant workers, the experts said.
They noted that the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights clarify what is expected of States and business enterprises.
They welcomed the GCM’s reiteration that the Guiding Principles apply in situations affecting migrant workers and that they must be implemented to protect migrant workers against exploitation and abuse, both in their countries of origin and destination.
Dhaka, Dec 20 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi has expressed deep shock at the demise of Begum Mehzabin Chowdhury, wife of former speaker Humayun Rashid Chowdhury, who served as the first head of Bangladesh mission in New Delhi.
In a condolence message on Thursday, High Commissioner Syed Muazzem Ali recalled the support Begum Mehzabin extended to her husband during his distinguished career especially as the Speaker of the Parliament, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh and President of the United Nations General Assembly in 1986.
The High Commissioner prayed for the salvation of her departed soul and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family members, said a press release.
Dhaka Dec 20 (UNB) – Vietnam on Thursday called for strengthening business ties with Bangladesh and encouraged businesses to invest in the Southeast Asian country.
A Vietnam delegation emphasised increasing bilateral trade by up to two billion dollars during a meeting with Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) members at its office.
FBCCI Senior Vice President Sheikh Fazle Fahim called for a “joint working group” to strengthen business ties.
Vietnam Ambassador Tran Van Khoa encouraged Bangladeshi businesses to invest in his country, saying, “There is a big market.”
Delegation leader Nguyen Phuc Nam, director general of Asia-Africa Market Department of Industry and Trade Ministry, promised more facilities for investors.
The businesses showed interest in Vietnam’s tourism and education sectors.
Bangladesh exported goods worth $55.67 million to Vietnam in 2017-18 fiscal year and imported items costing $687.70 million.
In March, the two countries signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) to promote bilateral cooperation in fisheries and livestock, industries, and cultural exchange.
Bangladesh exports agricultural goods, jute and leather products, frozen foods and medicine to Vietnam and imports mineral products, textiles and textile products, machinery and plastic components.