Dhaka, Oct 13 (UNB)-The US Senate has confirmed the appointment of Earl R. Miller as the next U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh.
The Ambassador-designate must still be officially sworn in before arriving in Dhaka to present his credentials to President Md. Abdul Hamid, according to a post by the official Facebook page of the US Embassy, Dhaka.
Earl Robert Miller, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, a position he has held since 2014.
Prior to his role as Chief of Mission (COM) in Botswana, he served as Consul General in Johannesburg, South Africa (2011 – 2014), and Regional Security Officer (RSO) at our embassies in New Delhi, India (2008-2011), Baghdad, Iraq (2007-2008), and Jakarta, Indonesia, (2004 – 2007).
Ambassador Miller has served as Senior Regional Security Officer, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2000-2003), Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), Boston Field Office, Boston, Massachusetts (1998-2000) and Senior Regional Security Officer, Gaborone, Botswana (1995-1998).
He served in DSS headquarters in Washington (1994 – 95) and field offices in Miami (1990 – 93) and San Francisco (1987 – 88). He was Assistant RSO in San Salvador, El Salvador (1988 – 90). He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps (1981-1984) and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (1985-1992).
Ambassador Miller earned a B.A. at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1981 and graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia in 1994, according to the website of US Department of State.
Dhaka, Oct 12 (UNB) - Bangladesh has been elected a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the next three years in an election that took place in New York on Friday.
"Bangladesh has so far won thrice 2009-2012, 2015-2017 and 2019-2021 during the tenures of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam told UNB.
Bangladesh bagged 178 votes in the election where the members of the UN General Assembly voted, he said.
The State Minister also said the election result signifies international community's trust and confidence in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh delegates at the UNHRC meeting. Photo: Courtesy
He said the HRC is active on Rohingya issue and an accountability mechanism is in the process through HRC. "Bangladesh's presence in the HRC is extremely important."
Bangladesh will serve as the UN rights body member for the 2019-21 tenure, he said.
“It is an important milestone for the country,” the State Minister added.
He also said that Bangladesh (178 votes) secured more votes than Bahrain and Philippines (165 votes).
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and make recommendations on them.
It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. It meets at the UN Office at Geneva.
The Council is made up of 47 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN General Assembly.
The Human Rights Council replaced the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
Dhaka, Oct 12 (UNB) - Bangladesh and Myanmar are likely to sit later this month to discuss the Rohingya repatriation issues as Myanmar has failed to take steps to ensure safe and sustainable return of Rohingyas to their homeland, says a senior official.
“Yes, we’re in discussion about the next joint working group (JWG) meeting. The meeting is likely to be held on October 30, if not October 28,” the official told UNB on Friday.
Officials said Bangladesh will seek updates on what steps are taken for the safe and sustainable return of Rohingyas to their homeland Myanmar from Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the 73rd UN General Assembly made three recommendations for solving the Rohingya crisis at its root, including the abolition of discriminatory laws, policies and practices of Myanmar against the minority group.
According to her second recommendation, Myanmar must create an acceptable environment by building trust and guaranteeing protection, rights and pathway to citizenship for all Rohingyas. If needed, it should create a “safe zone” inside the country to protect all civilians.
Her third recommendation says atrocious crimes against Rohingyas in Myanmar should be prevented by bringing accountability and justice, particularly in the light of recommendations of the Fact-Finding Mission of the UN Human Rights Council.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has emphasised the need for accelerating efforts to create a conducive environment in northern Rakhine State and build houses and villages for returnees to facilitate repatriation.
Minister Ali along with joint working group members in August this year visited the northern Rakhine State and saw the ‘trail of widespread devastation’ suffered by people there, said the Foreign Ministry officials.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister also visited Shwe Zar village where around 148 prefabricated houses for returnees are being built with assistance from the government of India.
Bangladesh and Myanmar formed the Joint Working Group (JWG) on December 2017 to start repatriating Rohingya refugees by January 23, 2018.
Dhaka, Oct 12 (UNB) – Bangladesh does not see any indication that Pakistan was considering the expulsion of its High Commissioner in Islamabad, says an official.
“No, we’ve not seen any such indication,” he told UNB when his attention was drawn about Pakistan media’s speculation about the possible expulsion.
There is news in the media that the government of Pakistan is considering expelling the Bangladeshi High Commissioner posted in Islamabad due to delay in accepting Pakistan High Commissioner-designate to Dhaka Saqlain Syedah by the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, however, ruled out any such possible measure.
“The agreement of an Ambassador (High Commissioner) is a bilateral issue and is being pursued through diplomatic channels. No other action has been taken,” Spokesperson of the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs told reporters in Islamabad on Thursday.
The post of the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Bangladesh fell vacant after the retirement of Rafiuzaman Siddiqui in February this year.
Following the retirement of Siddiqui, Saqlain Syedah was designated as new High Commissioner to Bangladesh, according to Pakistan media reports.
Meanwhile, Indian media reported that Pakistan's ties with Bangladesh are set to dip further with Dhaka “refusing to accept” Islamabad's new envoy following allegations of Pakistan’s diplomatic mission being misused to perpetrate ISI activities against Dhaka and Delhi.
The Pakistan High Commission is being charged with encouraging activities against the Bangladesh government, reports The Economic Times.
Quoting Bangladesh government sources, the report mentioned that the Pakistani High Commission in Dhaka has emerged as a centre of anti-government activities as well as activities against India.
The Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka was misusing social media tools such as Facebook to spread disinformation campaign, the Economic Times report claimed.
It is no secret that Pak-Bangla ties are far from cordial and the Hasina government did not budge from executing the 1971 pro-Pak war criminals over the past 10 years despite Pakistan’s plea, the report says.
Dhaka, Oct 12 (UNB)- Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus signed an agreement with President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, aiming to help athletes and Olympians with dual careers and career transition opportunities, and empowering them to become entrepreneurs, by setting up Yunus Sports Hub in Paris.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was invited by IOC President Thomas Bach to attend the Youth Olympic Games held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, said a press release.
On the inaugural day of the Youth Olympics, Yunus was interviewed in the presence of the members of the international and national members of Olympic Committees.
Career transition for athletes can sometimes be a critical moment, as one’s sports career does not last forever and daily life after competition can change considerably. But this period can also offer new exciting challenges.
Thanks to ideas and skills acquired during their sports career, such as leadership, perseverance, resilience and team spirit, elite athletes have an invaluable potential to become successful innovators and entrepreneurs contributing to themselves and their communities.
The concept of this programme will form the “Athlete 365 Business Accelerator” and will provide excellent opportunities to athletes, through three main phases: Engagement, Incubation and Acceleration. Athlete365 Career+ has already reached more than 35,000 athletes from over 185 countries.
Professor Yunus said, “All humans are born entrepreneurs; we want to help the athletes to unleash this capacity. They have an exciting life ahead of them: they can become successful entrepreneurs for themselves; they can also create a social business and help to solve the people’s problems. This is yet another chance for them to catch the attention of the entire world,”
IOC President Thomas Bach, who is an Olympic champion in fencing, said: “Athletes are at the heart of the Olympic Games and we support them in many ways. The Athlete365 Business Accelerator is another important initiative by the IOC which aims to help athletes to build a second career besides their career in sport. The IOC wants to create new opportunities for athletes and we are delighted to offer this in partnership with Professor Muhammad Yunus and the Yunus Centre.”
Before the signing the Nobel Laureate also was interviewed by 4 time Olympic gold medalist in Ice Hockey Angela Ruggiero at a plenary named “Olympian to Socially Conscious Entrepreneur” at the Olympism in Action Forum.
Prof Yunus talked about how athletes can become entrepreneurs and social business entrepreneurs, while they are still active also when they transition out of their sporting life to impact on their communities as well as on their own lives.
Professor Yunus was taken by IOC to visit the Olympic Park and Olympic village and had a discussion with the city representatives who planned the park and the village and its facilities. At the park, Professor Yunus met with the Bangladesh Youth Hockey Team players who are in Argentina to take part in the Youth Olympic Games 2018.
Professor Yunus also had a meeting with the head of Paris2024 Olympic team who briefed Yunus on the progress of preparations for Olympic 2034 and discuss how to deliver the most socially impactful and inclusive Olympic Games to date, through Olympic 2024.