Dhaka, Oct 9 (UNB) – The United Nations has recognised the international community’s “collective failure” to influence Myanmar and find a durable solution to the Rohingya crisis.
“There’s a collective failure to influence Myanmar. That’s not just the UN. It includes many others as well,” UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Mia Seppo told diplomatic correspondents at DCAB Talk at BIISS auditorium in the city on Wednesday.
She said the UN has been able to keep continuous attention on the crisis, bring together member states for conversation about the crisis and make some progress on accountability issues on human rights violations.
The UNRC said it is really important to keep in mind that any solution that they look for has to be a sustainable one that consists of different actions. “I think no one underestimates the complexities of the Rohingya crisis.”
Seppo said ensuring a sustainable solution to Rohingya crisis is not a lofty idea but a concrete requirement for it to work.
Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017 amid military crackdown on Muslims there.
Putting emphasis on working on both sides of the border, the UNRC said they need to continue to seek ways to improve conditions in Rakhine State and what they can to help Rohingya children, women and men – whatever they are – prepare for the rest of their lives.
“This’s the only way to end the tragic cycles of violence and displacement that have plagued the Rohingya people for decades,” she said.
Seppo said the UN has over the past month seen a rapid change in the narratives about Rohingya and the emphasis is on the Rohingya as security risk, as potential extremists and as criminals. “Let’s not forget they’re human beings with dreams and aspirations just like you and me.”
She said the root causes of this crisis, of course, lie in Myanmar and the solution to the crisis lies in Myanmar, too.
The UNRC said a key objective is creating conditions conducive to voluntary repatriation in safety and dignity. “Still, regardless of when that happens, we’ve to continue to address the impacts of this crisis on Bangladeshi host communities and the Rohingya refugees while they’re here.”
Seppo highly appreciated Bangladesh's development since independence, terming it a remarkable success story.
She said Bangladesh has been on an impressive development journey since its independence in 1971 and the country is expected to reach a significant milestone in the drive to 2030.
Seppo touched upon issues related to Bangladesh’s role as a member state of the UN, outcome of the last UN General Assembly, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), human rights issues, violence against women, climate change, disaster management and partnership with media.
She appreciated media’s efforts in contributing to the public debate on governance, the rule of law and human rights saying media, the fourth estate, contributes to accountability.
“The UN stands up for freedom of expression and opinion, including by the media. We’re your partner and we count on your partnership as advocates for development and rights,” Seppo said.
Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) arranged the DCAB Talk with its President Raheed Ejaz in the chair. The DCAB general secretary also spoke at the event.
Dhaka, Oct 9 (UNB) - The United Nations has deplored the killing of young Buet student Abrar Fahad, saying the freedom of speech is a human right.
“Freedom of speech is a human right, and nobody should be harassed, tortured or killed for exercising it,” said the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh in a statement on Wednesday.
The UN Bangladesh noted steps taken by the authorities to apprehend alleged perpetrators, the statement reads.
“It encourages independent investigations that should lead to justice being served in a fair process, and measures to ensure prevention of further incidents,” according to the statement.
It mentioned that campus violence in Bangladesh has over the years affected and claimed too many lives, with apparent impunity for those bearing responsibility.
In a Facebook post on its verified page, the British High Commission in Dhaka, said they are shocked and saddened at the events at Buet.
“Shocked and saddened by events at Buet. The UK stands unconditionally for free speech, media freedom, human rights and the rule of law,” the message reads.
Abrar, a second-year student of Buet’s EEE department, was beaten to death, allegedly by leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League, at the university’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall early Monday.
Meanwhile, at a programme on Wednesday, UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo called for quick investigation into and justice over the killing.
Mother of two children, Mia Seppo described the incident as “worrisome and horrific” saying it obviously horrific and nightmare of thoughts.
While talking to reporters at DCAB Talk organised by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) at BIISS auditorium, Seppo said campuses must be safe.
She said parents need to be able to trust that their children are safe in studying in universities and there needs to be trust that people are safe in public spaces.
She said the UN has issued a statement on this calling for “prompt and independent” investigation and calling for justice, an end to impunity and calling for an end of tolerance of this kind of crime and violence.”
The UNRC also said they are calling for an end which seems to be pattern of violence on campuses.
The UNHRC encouraged the National Human Rights Commission to take up this case which would be a chance for the Commission to early on show its capacity on the grave public concern in terms of this kind of violence.
She also referred the public and student’s outrage around this (Abrar murder) what she has seen.
DCAB President Raheed Ejaz and general secretary Nurul Islam Hasib also spoke at the DCAB Talk.
Dhaka, Oct 9 (UNB) - United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) Mia Seppo on Wednesday highly appreciated Bangladesh's development since independence, terming it a “remarkable success story”.
She recognised the contributions of those who helped achieve this remarkable feat.
Mia Seppo was addressing a programme - DCAB Talk - at BIISS auditorium in the city with President of Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) Raheed Ejaz in the chair. The DCAB general secretary also spoke there.
The UNRC highlighted the challenges that need to be addressed to help the country achieve the next level of development.
She touched upon issues such as Rohingya crisis, role of media, sustainable development goals (SDGs), Bangladesh’s contribution to UN peacekeeping Mission, human rights, migration and climate change.
Mia Seppo said Bangladesh remains among the top four contributing countries in the UN peacekeeping mission.
Regarding Rohingya issue, she said any solution to the crisis has to be a "sustainable" one.
She said the root of the crisis is in Myanmar and the solution also lies there.
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) - Two vessels of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) made a ‘port call’ at Chattogram Port on Sunday-Tuesday to promote goodwill and strengthen cooperation between the JMSDF and the Bangladesh Navy.
The vessels are BUNGO (Mine Sweeper Tender) and TAKASHIMA (Mine Sweeper Coastal), according to the Japanese Embassy in Dhaka.
During the port call, various exchange programmes such as reception on board, visit to Bangladesh Naval Academy, and goodwill exercises were conducted between the JMSDF and the Bangladesh Navy.
On the occasion of the reception hosted by Captain Seiji Ikubo, Commander of the dispatched force, charge d'affaires Hiroyuki Yamaya highlighted that this visit will play an important role to further strengthen cooperation between Bangladesh and Japan.
Yamaya and Captain Ikubo met Rear Admiral M Abu Ashraf, Commander Chattogram Naval Area, Rear Admiral Zulfiqur Aziz, Commander Bangladesh Navy Fleet, Rear Admiral M Nazmul Hassan, Chairman, Chattogram Port Authority, and AJM Nasir Uddin, Mayor, Chattogram City Corporation, as well as visited Chattogram War Cemetery and presented flower to the tombstone dedicated for the 19 Japanese soldiers deceased in the World War 2, during their stay in Chattogram, said the Embassy.
The BUNGO and the TAKASHIMA have left Chattogram Port on Tuesday after participating in various interacting programmes with their Bangladeshi counterparts.
Sylhet, Oct 8 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday explained the government’s position over Feni River’s water sharing with India and LPG export saying there is a “misperception” among people about these issues.
He said Bangladesh is not going to export natural gas but will process imported Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) which will be exported to India.
“A misperception is being developed that Bangladesh is giving natural gas to India. The fact is that LPG will be exported to India importing it from foreign sources,” Dr Momen told reporters after visiting the construction site of outer-stadium of Sylhet Divisional Stadium.
Awami League Sylhet City unit president Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran and Sadar Upazila Parishad chairman Ashfaq Ahmed were, among others, present.
On October 5, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi inaugurated three bilateral development partnership projects, including the import of bulk LPG from Bangladesh.
Citing examples of exporting imported and processed LPG by other countries, the Foreign Minister said Bangladesh will be benefited by exporting imported and processed LPG.
Dr Momen alleged that some people are spreading confusions over water-sharing issue with India.
He said Bangladesh will share some water from the Feni River with India on humanitarian grounds.
Bangladesh and India signed seven bilateral documents, including an MoU on withdrawal of 1.82 cusec of water from the Feni River by India for a drinking water supply scheme for Sabroom town, Tripura during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent official visit to New Delhi.