Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) – Switzerland has said it will continue to work with the government, as well as civil society organizations and NGOs for the promotion of human rights and development in Bangladesh.
“Human rights are intrinsically linked to development and vice versa,” said Charge d’affaires of the Swiss Embassy here Christoph Fuchs.
He was addressing a panel discussion and film screening event held in Rajshahi on Monday.
The Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh, the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator, and human rights NGO Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK) jointly organized the event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to highlight the importance of Human Rights.
Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Mia Seppo noted that the “the importance of the Universal Declaration cannot be overemphasized: it put countries on the road to rights and justice for all, leading away from discrimination, violence and lack of a voice.”
Eminent human rights activist Khushi Kabir, Prof ANM Wahid and Prof Bokhtiar Ahmed of the University of Rajshahi participated in the panel discussion, while Sheepa Hafiza, the Executive Director of ASK, moderated the discussions, said the Swiss Embassy in Dhaka.
Highlighting the importance of human rights, the panelists talked about various aspects of civil rights and women’s rights as well as the recommendations of the 3rd Universal Periodic Review of Bangladesh in this regard.
The discussions followed a lively interaction with the audience who used the platform to express their views about and experience of exercising human rights in their everyday lives.
The event was widely attended by Rajshahi based human rights and civil society activists as well as university students. The award winning Swiss film “Sonita” featuring gender rights issues was screened at the event.
The event in Rajshahi was part of an international human rights film tour in over 45 countries organized by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva.
In Bangladesh, the film tour is traveling to six cities in total, including Dhaka, Rangpur, Khulna, Rajshahi, Barisal and Chattogram.
Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) – The High Court on Monday directed the authorities concerned to remove all the establishments beyond the layout plan of Hatirjheel-Begunbari project within seven days.
An HC-bench, led by Justice MdNazrul Islam Talukder and Justice K M Hafijul Alam, came up with the order after hearing a writ filed in the form of public interest litigation.
Advocate Manzil Morshed stood for the writ petitioner while deputy attorney general AmitTalukder stood for the state.
The court also asked the defendant to submit a progress report on the court order within two weeks.
Besides, the HC issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why directives would not be given to stop construction of structures beyond the layout plan of the project and protect the project as per the design.
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha(Rajuk), Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner, officer-in-charge of Hatirjheel thana and the project director have been made respondents to the rule.
The lawyer said a report was published in newspapers on August 1 about establishment of structures beyond the layout plan in the project area.
The writ was filed on behalf of Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB)- Alleging that Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity (BJKS) secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury was implicated in a false case the organisation on Monday demanded his immediate release.
The organization came up with the demand at a press briefing at the Jatiya Press Club.
Mozammel’s wife Riju Akhter said police arrested his husband on Wednesday in an extortion case.
According to the case, a person called Dulal who works in transport sector, filed the case against him.
But, the plaintiff, Dulal, has already denied the allegation of extortion against Mozammel saying that he did not know Mozammel and Dulal did not give any extortion money to Mozammel, said Shamsuddin Chowdhury, central committee member of the organization, at the press brining.
“We thought Mozammel will be released after the statement from the plaintiff, but he has been shown arrested in an arms case,” he added.
He also alleged that the arms case was filed in February against one Mozammel HaqueChowdhury where the address and the father’s name of the accused were mentioned as unknown.
Mohiuddin Ahmed, Vice President of BJKS, said Mozammel Haque has been working for road safety with the organization for several years. He has been always vocal about Road Safety Act and also received threats many times for this reason.
Speaking as the Chief Guest, human rights activist advocate Sultana Kamal said, if speaking against anarchy and expressing concern becomes a punishable offence in the state then the government’s claim of upholding democracy is questionable.
She also urged the authorities concerned to ensure safety of ‘plaintiff’ Dulal.
Chief coordinator of Ganasanghati Andolan Junaid Saki also spoke on the occasion.
Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) –Thirty five academics will receive ‘UGC Gold Medal’ on Tuesday for their fundamental research works and publications.
President Abdul Hamid will hand over the medals.
Among them, 18 teachers will be given the award for the year 2016 and 17 teachers for 2017. Each of the selected teachers will get Tk 50, 000 for their books and Tk 30,000 for their articles as honorium along with the certificate and the gold medal, said a press release.
The award giving ceremony will be held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital.
University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh Chairman Professor Abdul Mannan will preside over the ceremony while UGC member Professor Dr. Dil Afroza Begum will deliver the address of welcome.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Division, Ministry of Education Sohorab Hossain will be present as the special guests.
Besides, National Professors, UGC members, its secretary, VCs from public and private universities and noted educationists will be also be present.
Earlier in August 2018, UGC changed the name of the UGC Award as UGC Gold Medal.
The Commission introduced UGC Award (now UGC Gold Medal) in 1980 to encourage fundamental research works and publications of university teachers.
Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) -The High Court on Monday ordered the lower court concerned to dispose of the bail petition filed by renowned photographer and Drik Gallery managing director Shahidul Alam, who is now in jail in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, within Tuesday.
An HC bench comprising Justice Rezaul Haque and Justice Abu Taher Mohammad Saifur Rahman passed the order after hearing on the bail petition.
Barrister Sarah Hossain and Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua stood for Shahidul Alam.
The bail petition was filed on August 28.
On September 4, one judge of a two-member High Court bench felt embarrassed to hear the bail petition.
Later, another bench was formed to hear the petition.
On September 5, the HC directed the authorities concerned to provide first-class division to photographer Shahidulin in jail after hearing of a writ petition.
Detectives arrested ShahidulAlam from his Dhanmondi residence on August 5 and the case was filed against him with Ramna Police Station on August 6.
Police claimed that he spread propaganda through his Facebook account during the student movement demanding safe roads.