Dhaka, Dec 12 (UNB) – The United States has said their efforts remain focused on steps that will improve the situation for Rohingyas and all people in Myanmar and as well as promote accountability for those who were responsible for atrocities.
“That’s something we’re continuing to focus on,” said Deputy Spokesperson at US Department of State Robert Palladino at a press briefing in Washington, DC on Tuesday.
The US efforts are particularly aimed at easing sufferings and addressing some of the root causes of these conflicts, said Palladino.
The Deputy Spokesperson said they urge for greater humanitarian access inside Myanmar which is something that they remain very much focused on. “We’ve been – and I’ll leave it at that.”
Responding to a question, Palladino said they are open to new information. “And so the Vice President has been clear as well. Violence and persecution by the military and vigilantes that drove all these people out is without excuse.”
He said the Department of State last year concluded that horrific atrocities had taken place in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State. “Those atrocities constituted ethnic cleansing. That conclusion of ethnic cleansing, to your question, is in no way prejudices any potential further analysis on whether mass atrocities have taken place, including genocide or crimes against humanity.”
The Deputy Spokesperson said the United States will remain focused on steps that will improve the lot of the refugees as well as all the people of Myanmar and to hold those accountable that are responsible.
Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) - US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller on Tuesday laid emphasis on ensuring a favourable environment so that all political parties can continue peaceful election campaign throughout the country freely as the crucial national election takes place on December 30.
“All parties should be free to participate in the polls and political process. They should be free to express their political views, campaign and hold peaceful rallies and meetings,” he said.
The US Ambassador made the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on election issue at the latter's office in the city.
Noting freedom of expression is vital for healthy democracy, he said democracy flourishes through frequent and lively debate.
"Everyone, no matter of the political party or sentiment, should act peacefully and responsibly. All should refuse violence,” said Ambassador Miller adding, “Violence hinders the democratic process. It only serves those who want to undermine that (democracy)."
He said the US does not support any party or candidate but it supports democracy and democratic values.
"I encourage everyone to participate in the election process and democratic process by collectively expressing the wellbeing of Bangladeshi people," said the US envoy.
Ambassador Miller said the United States encourages the government of Bangladesh to hold, as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, a 'free, fair and credible election’.
He said the US will be supporting election observation teams adding that US-funded National Democratic Institute (NID) sent a five-member pre-assessment mission to Bangladesh in October followed by the second pre-assessment mission in December.
The US Ambassador said the NDI's sub-grant partner, the Asian Network for Free Election, has dedicated two international electoral analysts to cover the election and will be sending international long- and short-term observers.
Millar said the US embassy will deploy separate election observation teams throughout Bangladesh in cooperation with the United Kingdom and Switzerland which is also funding 15,000 domestic election observers working under the EWG.
Katowice (Poland), Dec 11 (UNB) - Bangladesh and a number of other nations affected by climate change have called for the formation of a guideline to implement the Paris Agreement.
The call was made at the high-level meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Poland.
“Affected countries have been pressuring the developed nations to implement the Paris Agreement,” said Abdullah Al Mohsin, Bangladesh’s environment and climate change secretary heading the country’s delegation. “We will continue the discussion in the last three days of COP24.”
The plan on Nationally Determined Contribution under mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage, climate induced displacement, finance, technology framework, transparency framework, global stocktake were also discussed in the meeting.
Mohsin hoped some rules or guideline will be formed to implement the Paris agreement—a historic deal that united the world's nations in a single agreement on tackling climate change.
At Monday’s COP24 meeting, speakers emphasised urgent action by developed countries to keep global warming below 1.5 degree Celsius.
Negotiators from around the world met in Poland on December 2 for talks on climate change – three years after landmark Paris deal that set a goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius.
Envoys gathered in Katowice for the UN meeting that runs until December 14. It received a boost over the weekend after 19 major economies affirmed their commitment to the 2015 Paris climate accord at the G20 summit. The only holdout was the US.
Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) - UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Mia Seppo has said volunteers play an important role in building a resilient community.
She made the remarks while speaking at International Volunteer Day celebration event held recently in the city, said the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Dhaka on Tuesday.
UNV Bangladesh, (UNIC Dhaka) and United International University jointly organised the event. This year’s theme was ‘Volunteers Build Resilient Communities’.
Among others, Sultana Afroz, wing chief (UN) and additional secretary, Economic Relations Division (ERD), Anis Mahmud, additional secretary from Ministry of Youth and Sports, Md Aktar Uddin, National Programme Analyst and Country Focal Point for UNV Bangladesh, Prof Dr Chowdhury Mofizur Rahman, Vice Chancellor, United International University, Dr Mohammad Moniruzzaman, National Information Officer, UNIC, actress Bonna Mirza, MA Muhit, Everest winner spoke at the event.
The volunteers shared their exciting experiences on how they are contributing to sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the country.
Speakers said IVD is a unique opportunity for volunteer-involving organisations to work with government agencies, non-profit organisations, community groups and the private sector.
About 300 participants, including civil society members, youths, volunteers, NGOs, academia, UN volunteers and key stakeholders, attended the event.
Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) - The Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh organised an information session for a group of students with visual disability of the Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SWA) on Monday as part of the observation of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Head of Delegation of the EU to Bangladesh Ambassador Rensje Teerink attended the event to meet the students and listen to the stories on their endeavours to empower them.
The objective of the session was to apprise the students of the importance the EU attaches to the issue of human rights and the rights of persons with disabilities in particular, said the EU Mission in Dhaka on Tuesday.
The information session also gave the opportunity to share views with the students, who have taken the challenge to empower themselves, on the situation of rights issue with people of special needs and what can be done to improve the existing situation in Bangladesh.
The EU promotes the active inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in society, in line with the EU human rights approach to disability issues. Disability is a rights issue and not a matter of discretion.
This approach is also at the core of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), to which the EU is a party.
The European Commission's European Disability Strategy 2010-2020, adopted in 2010, builds on the UNCRPD.