Dhaka, Mar 18 (UNB) - UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UNHCR Volker Turk has laid emphasis on safe and dignified return of Rohingya people to their place of origin in Myanmar with full restoration of their rights.
“Their future lies in return in a condition of safety, dignity and with full restoration of their rights,” said the UN Refugee Agency official in a video message on Monday from Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar.
He said it is absolutely clear that they, now stateless people, belong to Myanmar.
Turk is currently visiting Bangladesh to assess the situation of the Rohingya people in Bangladesh and explore potential solutions.
Director of the Division of External Relations, Dominique Hyde and Director of the Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Indrika Ratwatte are accompanying him.
Turk said Rohingya people have been denied a sense of belonging and suffering repression. “And it's very important that they are in safety as we can see here in the camps around Cox's Bazar.”
He said the Rohingya people here get a sense of belonging now and that is precisely what the registration does.
The group spent the day meeting Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar.
They also visited one of five centres in the refugee settlements where the joint Bangladesh Government-UNHCR Registration exercise continues.
More than 110,000 refugees have now received new fraud-proof ID cards, according to UNHCR.
For many, it’s the first proper identity documents they have had - vital for their protection and access to services.
UNHCR says registration plays a key role in establishing that individuals have been displaced from Myanmar and have the right to return to their country when it is safe for them to do so.
Turk began his Bangladesh on March 16 and wrap up his visit on March 22, said an official.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingya people, officials said.
Over 745,000 Rohingya people including more than 400,000 children have fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh since August 2017
More than 16,000 Rohingya have arrived since January 2018.
Dhaka, Mar 17 (UNB) - The 99th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Children’s Day 2019 was celebrated by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul with due fervour and festivity participated by more than 50 Korean children.
The main objective of the event was to familiarise Bangabandhu among the new generation of Koreans.
Besides the students from Hanikhwan Museum and Hugh O’brian Youth Leadership, Bangladeshi students and their guardians and expatriate Bangladeshis also attended the event.
The Embassy took up a detailed programme on this colourful festive event, said a press release.
The programme included reading out the autobiography of Bangabandhu ‘The Unfinished Memoirs’, speech, art and quiz competition, all meant for the children.
The Embassy was decorated with colourful balloons and pictures of Bangabandhu.
The programme commenced with the singing of the national anthems of Bangladesh and Republic of Korea.
Then verses from Holy Scriptures and messages from the President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and State Minister for Foreign Affairs were read out.
Then Bangladeshi and Korean children read out from The Unfinished Memoirs.
In their speeches, the Korean children expressed their love and respect for Bangabandhu.
On the other side, the children had active participation in the quiz competition.
The children were able to know about the life of Bangabandhu and the present-day Bangladesh participating in the quiz competition.
Similarly, the children expressed their love for Bangabandhu colouring the portrait of him.
Ambassador Abida Islam then distributed the prizes, books on the Liberation War, among the winners of the quiz competition, and cut the cake with the cheerful children.
She also distributed certificates to the goodwill ambassadors, appointed by the Embassy, who will promote Bangladesh in Korea.
The envoy said Bangabandhu materialised the dream of Bangalees for an independent country.
She also inspired the attending children to become enlightened by learning from the life of Bangabandhu.
The last segment of the event was a cultural performance by the children which had song, dance and recitation.
The programme finally ended with a dinner with traditional Bangladeshi food.
Dhaka, Mar 17 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said there is no lack of coordination between his ministry and officials deployed on the ground after the terror attacks on two New Zealand mosques to find information about affected Bangladesh nationals.
“There’s no lack of coordination,” he said when a journalist asked about exact figure of Bangladesh nationals who died in the terror attacks.
While talking to reporters after a programme at the Jatiya Press Club, Dr Momen said the good news is that Bangladeshi cricketers returned home while the bad news is that the number of death has increased.
He, however, did not mention the figure of affected Bangladeshis, saying they are not telling until they get confirmed information from the mission concerned.
The Foreign Minister also cited the hospital rules in New Zealand that do not offer easy access.
The Foreign Minister said they have calculated how much financial support it might take to bring back bodies home from New Zealand and the government will provide the support.
Highlighting Bangladesh’s proposed ‘culture of peace’, he said all should inculcate a mindset of tolerance and of respect for others, irrespective of religion, culture, ethnicity and colour.
“Bangladesh legitimately should take the lead in the world to establish the culture of peace,” Dr Momen said emphasising on establishing the culture in the world in a sustainable way.
Earlier, he spoke at a seminar titled ‘Bangabandhu in the International Arena’ arranged by Bangladesh Study Trust at the JPC marking Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s 99th birth anniversary.
State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Murad Hasan spoke at the seminar as a special guest while former Ambassador AKM Atiqur Rahman presented the keynote paper.
Dr Mamun Al Mahtab Shapnil, Dr Nuzhat Choudhury, DCAB general secretary Nurul Islam Hasib, among others, spoke at the programme with Prof Dr Uttam Kumar Barua in the chair.
Dhaka, Mar 17 (UNB) - Japanese Ambassador here Hiroyasu Izumi on Sunday expressed shock at the loss of lives of Bangladeshis in the atrocious terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.
He also expressed sympathy for the family members of the victims.
“Terrorism can’t be justified for any reason, under any circumstance,” the Japanese Ambassador wrote to Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen in a message of condolences on behalf of the government of Japan and its people.
In close cooperation with Bangladesh and the international community, the envoy said, Japan expresses determination to stand up against terrorism and to overcome this difficult time.
On Saturday, Ambassador Izumi verbally conveyed to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina the condolences from Japan to Bangladeshi victims of the terrorist attacks, according to Japanese Embassy in Dhaka.
Dhaka, Mar 16 (UNB)-The bilateral trade between Bangladesh and China, which amounted to $12.4 billion in 2017-2018, is expected to reach $18 billion mark by 2021, economists said.
President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Osama Taseer said it when Ambassador of China to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo visited the DCCI auditorium in the capital on Saturday.
According to a press release, Taseer said Bangladesh’s “Look East” Policy is essentially designed to open up new avenues of cooperation with China and the ASEAN region urging Chinese FDI in “RMG product diversification” and allied transfer of technology.
He also urged the world’s second largest economy for quick implementation of duty free, quota free market access to Bangladesh.
Zhang Zuo said China has recently passed the new foreign investment law which is more open and flexible for foreign investors. In 2017-18 Chinas’s FDI to Bangladesh increased and China has invested more in Bangladesh than any other countries.
China is one of the largest partners in mega infrastructure projects in Bangladesh, said Zao adding that about 200 large Chinese companies and 200 Chinese SMEs are in operation in Bangladesh.
He also looks Bangladesh’s vast potentials in fields of blue and coastal economy.
The Chinese Ambassador invited DCCI members to attend the Shanghai Import and Export Fair 2019 in November.
DCCI’s Senior Vice President Waqar Ahmad Choudhury, Vice President Imran Ahmed, Directors Andaleeb Hasan, Alhaj Deen Mohammed, Enamul Haque Patwary, Hossain A Sikder, Engr. Md. Al Amin, Mohammad Bashiruddin, Nuher L. Khan, Shams Mahmud and S.M. Zillur Rahman were present there.