Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) - Australia has described the situations in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Shan and Kachin states ‘deeply disturbing’ and condemned the atrocities committed.
During the 39th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva recently, Australia delivered a strong statement highlighting the deeply disturbing situations in Myanmar, said the Australian High Commission in Dhaka on Monday.
“We also supported a resolution to pursue accountability for serious international crimes,” said the High Commission.
It said Australia strongly condemned the ongoing human rights abuses in Syria, and expressed concerns for the situations in Burundi, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Venezuela and Yemen.
Australia led a successful resolution to recognise the vital role of National Human Rights Institutions that promote human rights, inclusive societies and sustainable development.
“We also amplified voices in the Pacific by delivering a statement on behalf of 15 neighbouring countries on our collective resolve to tackle barriers faced by people living with disability,” said the High Commission.
Australia reaffirmed their commitment to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples, including indigenous human rights defenders.
“We also joined cross-regional partners to support a resolution that addressed preventable maternal mortality,” said the High Commission.
Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) - Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Lassina Zerbo arrives here on Wednesday on a three-day official visit.
This is going to be his first visit to Bangladesh since assuming the post on August 1, 2013, said an official on Monday.
In November 2016, the Member States of the highest decision-making body of the CTBTO preparatory commission re-appointed Executive Secretary Zerbo to a further four year term of office until July 31, 2021.
He will hold a bilateral meeting with Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology Md Anwar Hossain as his visit will begin through visiting Bangabandu Memorial Museum on Thursday.
He will also hold a meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and will deliver a lecture at Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) on the importance of nuclear test ban.
The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) bans nuclear explosions by everyone, everywhere: on the Earth's surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground.
Dhaka, Oct 1 (UNB) - The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a new 'Access to Information Policy' that aims to maintain ADB’s high standards of transparency.
The policy, which will come into effect on January 1, 2019, will replace the current Public Communications Policy (PCP).
“Transparency and openness are key to maximizing the development impact of our work,” said ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development BambangSusantono.
“We want to make sure that ADB continues to be a top performer in terms of transparency. Principles-based access to information policies are now considered to be international best practice.”
The new policy retains the key information disclosure and sharing principles and exceptions of the PCP, and includes a new overarching principle of “clear, timely, and appropriate disclosure” that is underpinned by a presumption in favor of disclosure and a commitment to sharing information and ideas, said the Manila-based bank on Monday.
ADB has expanded some areas of disclosure. For example, the types of information that will be made available after 20 years will now include historical country financial information and certain external audit reports on ADB-administered trust funds.
ADB was ranked first in the 2018 Aid Transparency Index, an independent measurement of aid transparency, created by Publish What You Fund, a UK-based nongovernment organization. The index assessed 45 of the world’s leading development organizations.
Asia’s dynamic economic growth over recent decades has brought different challenges, ranging from environmental stress to rapid urbanization.
ADB’s activities and the issues ADB addresses are changing. Accordingly, disclosure and information-sharing practices have to evolve to ensure that stakeholders, including civil society, get information in a timely and appropriate way.
Details on what documents ADB will routinely disclose and how they will be disclosed will be found in the policy’s implementation arrangements on the ADB website.
These implementation arrangements will also detail the process of requesting information from ADB.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) – Bangladesh Ambassador to South Korea Abida Islam has urged the Bangladeshi students studying in Korea to make greater contribution to the economic development of Bangladesh.
She was addressing a seminar titled ‘Possible role of Bangladeshi students studying in Korea in the development of Bangladesh’ held in Seoul on Sunday.
The Embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul organized the seminar as part of holding Development Fair.
About 80 Bangladeshi students studying in different Korean universities actively participated in the event, organized with the support of ‘Bangladeshi Students’ Association in Korea (BSAK), an organization of Bangladeshi students in Korea.
Ambassador Abida welcomed the students giving an overview of the socio-economic development of Bangladesh.
After the introductory remarks, she invited the students to discuss on different issues related to the development of Bangladesh.
The speakers made presentations on the issues of industry and commerce, education, research, IT research, Korean investment in Bangladesh and tourism, cultural differences between Bangladesh and Korea, agriculture, biological research, and the role of women etc.
The speakers also suggested fostering deeper cooperation in the education sector with Korea.
The presentations captured the issues related to education system, economy, research, and development of Bangladesh as well as of Korea.
The speakers expressed their commitment for making contribution in the economic development of Bangladesh in their deliberations.
Ambassador Abida said the Embassy will take the suggestions seriously and take every necessary step to address them.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) - President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have expressed deep shock over the loss of lives from earthquake and tsunami in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
They prayed to the Almighty for bestowing courage and fortitude on the bereaved families to overcome the irreparable losses.
“I’m deeply saddened to learn about the tragic loss of hundreds of lives and large-scale destruction of property from the recent earthquake and consequent tsunami in the island of Sulawesi last week,” President Hamid said in a message to his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo.
He said the resilient people of Indonesia would overcome this testing time soon under President Widodo’s able stewardship.
President Hamid said the people and the government of Bangladesh joined him to share the grief of the friendly people and the government of Indonesia and expressed deepest condolences and sympathy to the people who lost their near and dear ones and suffered casualties of property in the devastating natural calamity.
“It’s a matter of deep sorrow to learn about the loss of hundreds of lives and massive devastation of properties from the strong earthquake and subsequent tsunami that ravaged the Indonesian island of Sulawesi last week,” Prime Minister Hasina said in a separate message to President Widodo.
At this hour of grief, she said, the people and the government of Bangladesh joined her to express deepest condolences and solidarity to the brotherly people and the government of Indonesia, particularly to those who lost their friends and families and suffered the loss of property.
“Bangladesh stands ready to extend all possible cooperation in the search and rescue operation for the missing people. We’re confident that the resilient people of Indonesia would overcome this difficult time with patience under your able leadership,” she said.
The death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has risen to 832 and authorities warned that it could reach into the thousands, reports international media.