Cox’s Bazar, Aug 19 (UNB) - Myanmar Independent Commission of Enquiry Team has arrived in Cox’s Bazar to interview 150 to 200 Rohingyas. However, it is presumed that the Rohingyas would not give interview if they do not get assurance of adequate security and safety for their return to Myanmar.
Mohammad Abul Kalam, Cox’s Bazar Refugee, Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner, said, “It would be tough to take interview on behalf of the ‘Independent Commission of Enquiry’ Team if the Rohingyas do not get assurance of security and safety. So we told the delegation team that the Rohingyas who will give interview are concerned about the security and safety of the Rohingyas. The delegation also assured us that the work will be done keeping in mind the matter.”
Mohammad Abul Kalam said this after the meeting between local administration and the Myanmar probe team at the Cox’s Bazar Refugee, Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner’s office at 4 pm on Monday (August 19).
He also said, “The ‘Independent Commission of Enquiry’ Team, formed by Myanmar, came to Cox’s Bazar mainly as advance team. Later, another team will arrive. The team’s visit to Cox’s Bazar is to investigate as to how they will work at the Rohingya camp.”
Former Japanese Ambassador Kenjo Oshima is leading the Independent Commission of Enquiry team. The other members of the team are – Prof Ong Tun Khet, Prof Eushihiro Nakanishi, Lina Ghosh and Khin Miu Miat Sow.
The Myanmar government has formed the Independent Commission of Enquiry to probe into the repression on the Rohingyas. A delegation of the commission came to Bangladesh on a four-day visit to Bangladesh on Saturday.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered the country since August 25, 2017.
Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on November 23, 2017.
On January 16, 2018 Bangladesh and Myanmar inked a document on “Physical Arrangement”, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.
The “Physical Arrangement” stipulates that the repatriation will be completed preferably within two years from the start.
The first batch of Rohingyas was scheduled to return on November 15 last year but it was halted amid unwillingness of Rohingyas to go back for lack of a congenial environment in Rakhine.
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has exchanged views with the expatriate Bangladeshis living in South Korea and listened to their difficulties.
During a three-hour event in Seoul, the expatriate Bangladeshis spontaneously discussed issues related to their passports and other matters.
The Home Minister, now on an official visit at the initiative of the Embassy of Bangladesh in Seoul, attended the interaction on Sunday, said the Embassy on Monday.
He responded to all of their queries related to applying for a new passport, renewal of passport, e-passport, dual citizenship, police clearance, establishment of specialized hospital for the expatriate Bangladeshis and pending cases in different courts.
Director General of the Department of Passport Major General Md Sohail Hossain Khan, PSC and other senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Dhaka were present.
The Home Minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is placing greater emphasis on establishing good governance.
At the same time, he said, Bangladesh is marching ahead in digitising the country, and the Home Ministry has already taken necessary initiatives to introduce e-passport in due course.
The Home Minister said the Prime Minister is also considering offering more facilities to the expatriates who regularly send remittances to Bangladesh through legal channels.
He encouraged the expatriates there to invest more in Bangladesh and said the Home Ministry is working towards bringing the services to the doorsteps of people apart from ensuring security for them.
The Home Minister described the different welfare activities undertaken and carried out by the Home Ministry.
Before the programme, the Home Minister visited the Consular Section of the Embassy and enquired about its activities.
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) - Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Monday night said Bangladesh and India have many things to discuss to take the relationship between the two neighbouring countries to a higher level.
"We’ve a very good relationship. We’ve a very strong relationship. We’ve many things to discuss about taking the relationship to a higher level," he said while talking to reporters after his arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Dr Jaishankar said he looks forward to a "very productive day" tomorrow. "I’m truly delighted to be here."
He arrived here on a three-day official visit aiming to further strengthen the relations between Bangladesh and India.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen received his Indian counterpart at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport upon his arrival at 9:15pm, said an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das was, among others, present.
Though Dr Momen described Jaishankar’s maiden visit (as minister) to Bangladesh as a “courtesy trip,” the two sides are likely to touch upon the matters relating to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's forthcoming visit to India, connectivity, water issues and Rohingya crisis during the visit.
Indian High Commission here said Dr Jaishankar is visiting Bangladesh "taking forward the high-level exchanges" between the two countries.
The Indian minister will visit Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 around 9:30am on Tuesday and pay tributes to Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait there, an official told UNB.
He will have a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr Momen around 11am on the same day.
There will be a media briefing at 12pm after a meeting between the two Foreign Ministers at state guesthouse Jamuna.
Dr Momen will host lunch in honour of his Indian counterpart after the meeting.
The Indian Foreign Minister is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence around 5 pm on Tuesday.
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das will host private dinner for Jaishankar on Tuesday evening.
He will leave Dhaka for Kathmandu on Wednesday morning.
India is a leading development partner of Bangladesh as it has extended concessional lines of credit to the tune of around 8 billion US dollars.
Dr Momen said he will discuss the LOC projects, expenditures and barriers to implementation of those projects, if any, and identify reasons to expedite the implementation process.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit India in October next to discuss bilateral issues, including the ones related to common rivers, to take the growing relations between Bangladesh and India forward.
She will attend the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum with the theme ‘Innovating for India: Strengthening South Asia, Impacting the World’ to be held in New Delhi on October 3-4, a diplomatic source told UNB.
Hosted in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the meeting will build on its more than three decades of success and have a special focus on promoting deeper collaboration between South Asia and Asean to leverage their distinctive demographic and digital dividends to boost global growth and enhance collective future.
Key leaders from governments, private sectors, academia and civil society will address strategic issues of regional significance under four thematic pillars - the New Geopolitical Reality – Geopolitical shifts and the complexity of our global system, the New Social System – Inequality, inclusive growth, health and nutrition, the New Ecological System – Environment, pollution and climate change and the New Technological System – The Fourth Industrial Revolution, science, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law continue around the world that must be investigated and prosecuted.
“On World Humanitarian Day and every day, we stand up for humanitarian workers around the world,” he said in a message marking the World Humanitarian Day that falls on August 19.
The UN chief said world leaders, and all parties to conflict, must ensure that humanitarians are protected from harm, as required under international law.
He said the World Humanitarian Day honours aid workers around the world who risk their own lives to help save and improve the lives of others.
“This year, we pay special tribute to women humanitarians and the huge difference they make for millions of women, men and children in urgent need,” said Guterres.
He said from supporting civilians caught up in crisis to addressing disease outbreaks, women humanitarians are on the front lines.
“Their presence makes aid operations more effective by increasing their reach. It also improves the humanitarian response to gender-based violence, which increases during emergencies,” the UN chief said.
He also said, “Today, we invite you to share their powerful stories, and reaffirm our commitment to strengthening the role of women in humanitarian operations.”
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque on Sunday said the repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State will begin anytime mentioning that the issue is very much on the table.
“It (repatriation) can start anytime. It’s a continuous process,” Haque said without giving any specific date when he was asked whether the repatriation of Rohingyas will begin on August 22.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque
The Red and Green Research, an initiative of journalists, organised the discussion titled ‘Rohingya Crisis: Way Forward’ at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in the city.
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017 amid military-led crackdown in Rakhine.
The Foreign Secretary said the repatriation has always been one of the priority issues for Bangladesh as it is looking for a peaceful solution to the crisis.
BIISS chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad and former chairman of National Human Rights Commission Prof Mizanur Rahman also spoke at the discussion.
Red and Green Research director Shahidul Islam Chowdhury presented the keynote paper.