Dhaka, Apr 4 (UNB) – The US embassy here on Wednesday issued fresh alert for its citizen living in Bangladesh encouraging them to exercise heightened awareness of the ongoing threat posed by transnational terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qa’ida.
In the statement, the embassy said, “In light of calls for revenge in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attack against two mosques in New Zealand, we encourage US citizens to exercise heightened awareness of the ongoing threat posed by transnational terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qa’ida.”
Terrorist groups, their associates, and those inspired by such organizations remain intent on attacking US and Western citizens around the world, including in Bangladesh, it mentioned.
“Extremists may use conventional or non-conventional weapons to strike US interests, but many are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack to more effectively target crowds, including the use of edged weapons, pistols, and vehicles,” it warned.
Extremists are spreading propaganda online and calling for assaults on “soft” targets such as Western schools, businesses, and NGOs, it added.
However, in the warning the embassy mentioned that regular operations of office are normal.
It also requested its citizens to review their personal security plans as well to be aware of their surroundings.
“Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners and monitor local media for updates,” it added.
Dhaka, Apr 3 (UNB) – Foreign affairs experts are set to get together at a symposium in the city on Thursday to discuss ways to deepen economic and development cooperation between Bangladesh and the UK.
Cosmos Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bangladeshi conglomerate Cosmos Group, will host the symposium titled “Bangladesh-UK Relations: Prognosis for the Future” at Six Seasons Hotel at 9:30 am as part of the second edition of the Cosmos Dialogue’s Ambassador Lecture Series.
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson will deliver the keynote speech highlighting the ways to further broaden the growing and deep historic ties between the two countries while Bangladesh’s Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque will be present as Special Guest.
Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore and a former Adviser to Bangladesh’s previous caretaker government Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury will chair the session.
Cosmos Foundation Chairman Enayetullah Khan will deliver the welcome speech.
Bangladesh and the UK share a relationship that extends beyond the ambit of the state or government in both countries. Britain was one of the first countries in Europe to recognise Bangladesh’s independence on February 4, 1972.
The UK is Bangladesh’s largest bilateral development partner and its relationship with Bangladesh will matter even more as the UK prepares to leave the European Union (EU).
Geneva, April 3 (UNB) - UN human rights experts condemned the Indian Government’s decision to deport three more Rohingyas to Myanmar and urged the authorities to stop such forced deportations which are prohibited under international law.
The three Rohingyas deported, a father and his children, had been imprisoned since 2013, on charges related to lack of documentation. On 3 January 2019, India separated and forcibly returned five other members of their family to Myanmar.
“We are dismayed by the decision of the Indian Government to continue forced returns of Rohingya to Myanmar, where they face high risk of attacks, reprisals and other forms of persecution because of their ethnic and religious identity,” said the experts.
Under international law, the principle of non-refoulement prohibits States from forcing individuals to return to countries when there are substantial grounds for believing that they would be at risk of persecution, torture, ill-treatment or other serious human rights violations.
The experts expressed their serious concerns with the Indian legal and administrative processes for refugee status determination. “The deportation of Rohingya to Myanmar speaks to a system of refugee status determination that fails to account for the ongoing, credible reports of ethnic and religious minority persecution in that country,” the experts said.
“We also remain concerned with the systemic use of indefinite detention of Rohingya in India, which is indicative of the unacceptable conditions of discrimination and intolerance they face in the country where they have sought refuge.”
The experts have relayed their concerns to the Indian authorities.
Dhaka, Apr 2 (UNB) - Bangladesh and Switzerland on Tuesday discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral political, economic, development and cultural cooperation between the two countries.
Apart from taking stock of the current status of bilateral relations, the two sides exchanged views on socio-economic developments and human rights.
Both the countries also talked about a whole array of multilateral, regional and global topics of mutual interests, including Agenda 2030, Climate Change, Universal Periodic Review and recent developments in various regional fora.
The issues came up for discussion at the fourth round of bilateral political consultations between Bangladesh and Switzerland held at the State Guest House Meghna.
Ambassador Raphael Nageli, the Assistant State Secretary for Asia-Pacific of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, and Ambassador Kamrul Ahsan, Secretary (Bilateral and Consular) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, led the respective delegations during the consultations
On the same day, the Swiss delegation held a meeting with the inter-agency committee of the Government of Bangladesh at the Ministry of Commerce.
This committee was formed in September 2018 as a follow up to the Swiss presidential visit of February 2018 with the aim to promote bilateral trade and investment between Switzerland and Bangladesh.
The economic relations between Switzerland and Bangladesh are growing rapidly, according to Swiss Embassy in Dhaka.
The trade volume has almost tripled since 2010.
Ambassador Nageli and the Swiss delegation, which also includes Ambassador Thomas Gass, the Assistant Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, met International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, DrGowherRizvi and the Principal Coordinator for SDG Affairs at Prime Minister’s Office, Md. AbulKalam Azad.
The delegation also met with the representatives of the civil society, business, diplomatic community, International Organizations and INGOs during their stay in the city.
Earlier on March 31, a five-member Swiss delegation arrived here to participate in the consultations.
During their stay in Bangladesh, the Swiss delegation travelled to the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Monday to obtain a first-hand impression about the ongoing humanitarian crisis.
Since 2017, Switzerland has committed more than US$30 million in humanitarian aid to alleviate the sufferings of the Rohingyas as well as the host communities.
Some members of the Swiss delegation will travel to Rajshahi and ChapaiNawabganj on Wednesday and Thursday to visit a number of development projects supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC.
Under its current cooperation strategy, Switzerland is providing development assistance to Bangladesh in key areas such as income and economic development, democratic governance and safer migration.
Dhaka, Apr 2 (UNB)- British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson recently visited the Rohingya Camps in Cox’s Bazar to witness how the UKAid is helping provide emergency food, safe water and hygiene for the Rohingya refugees, according to a post shared by British High Commission in Dhaka on its official Facebook page on Tuesday.
Besides supporting vaccination campaigns for the children, the UK Aid is also helping to reunite traumatised children with parents, providing counselling and education for sexual violence survivors and protecting them from trafficking.
The UK’s contribution stands ready to reduce the impact of natural disasters and outbreaks of disease and strengthen the resilience of affected Rohingya people and the host communities.
As a part of that commitment, the High Commissioner visited the inter-agency Site Maintenance Engineering Project (SMEP) to observe preparedness and response plans by the UN agencies, local organisations and the government of Bangladesh.
Before returning to Dhaka, the British High Commissioner met Mohammad Abul Kalam, the Additional Secretary and the Commissioner of the Office of the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC) to discuss the current situation in the Rohingya camps.