The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has expressed satisfaction at the physical infrastructure in Bhasan Char as well as the adequate facilities provided by the Bangladesh government for Rohingyas.
A five-member OIC delegation, led by OIC Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Youssef Aldobeay, visited Bhasan Char and Kutupalong Rohingya Camp in Cox’s Bazar on Sunday.
Aldobeay reiterated OIC’s continued support for resolving this humanitarian crisis.
The OIC delegation also included Ibrahim Khairat, Special Representative of OIC Secretary General for Myanmar, El Habib Bourane, Director of Muslim Communities and Minorities, Department of Political Affairs and officials from the OIC General Secretariat.
The Director General (Myanmar), Director General (International Organizations), Director General (United Nations) along with other officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka accompanied the OIC delegation during the day-long Rohingya Camps visit.
During the visit, the OIC Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs praised the government of Bangladesh for the continued humanitarian contributions and providing temporary shelter to the persecuted Rohingyas of Myanmar.
While visiting the Bhasan Char, the OIC delegation discussed overall situation of Rohingyas residing in Bhasan Char with the relevant stakeholders, and also interacted with the Rohingya people.
Later, the OIC delegation visited the Kutupalong Rohingya Camp in Cox’s Bazar, and met the Rohingyas.
The Rohingyas, now living in Bhasan Char, want to see a peaceful environment in Myanmar with the restoration of their basic rights for their early return despite what they say having a far better place than the congested camps in Cox’s Bazar.
“We’re living here (Bhasan Char) happily and peacefully. We’re very happy with the facilities we’ve got here. But we want to return to Myanmar,” Fayez, a 28-year-old Rohingya man, told UNB recently.
Fayez is one of the over 8,000 Rohingyas who willingly have shifted to Bhasan Char in search of a better place, including safety and security.
“I’m here with my wife, three children and my mother-in-law,” said the young Rohingya man who entered Bangladesh in 2017 amid military crackdowns in Rakhine State.
The numerous challenges associated with the temporary hosting of persecuted Rohingyas from Myanmar have compelled the government of Bangladesh to plan the relocation of 100,000 Rohingyas to Bhasan Char, Bangladesh says.
Accordingly, 1642 Rohingyas were relocated to Bhasan Char on December 4 and the second batch, comprising 1804 Rohingyas, had been transferred from Cox’s Bazar to Bhasan Char on December 29 last year.
Bangladesh and Myanmar signed the repatriation deal on November 23, 2017.
On January 16, 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a document on ‘Physical Arrangement’, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.
Bangladesh says the Rohingyas do not trust their government, and Bangladesh gave a number of proposals to build trust among them.
Bangladesh is trying in multiple ways -- bilaterally, multilaterally, tri-laterally and through the judicial system -- to find a lasting solution to the Rohingya crisis.
Bangladesh proposed the deployment of nonmilitary civilian observers from Myanmar’s friendly countries -- Japan, China, Russia, India and Asean countries.
The Bangladesh Capital Market Fair (BCMF) has been scheduled to be held in London, home of the largest Bengali community outside of Bangladesh and West Bengal on Sunday, 10th October 2021.
The fair organiser Curry Life Events is collaborating with top British Bangladeshi businesses, trade organisations and potential investors for BCMF and exclusive business-to-business meetings over four days for the participating delegates from 9—12 October at the BCMF 2021.
The third edition of the Capital Market Fair in London will be aimed exclusively at expatriate Bangladeshis living across the UK, offering a platform for Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) members to promote their products and services.
CEO of the Curry Life Media Group and BCMF, Syed Belal Ahmed, said: "The fair is expected to give access to the Non-Resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) living in Britain and the EU to source some of the most desired investment opportunities in Bangladesh. We had fantastic Fairs in 2011 and 2012 where thousands of people attended and invested through brokerage houses and banks. We are hoping next Fair will attract more people given incentives being offered to NRBs, digital developments and recent positive reforms to protect investors in Bangladesh."
"As we come out from the global pandemic, I think this will be an attractive opportunity NRBs and foreign investors to consider BCMF as an attractive investment platform," added Ahmed.
Bangladesh continues to thrive economically, despite the expected downturn from COVID-19. Last year, HSBC assessed Bangladesh as the biggest mover in global GDP rankings, up from 42 to 26, by 2030. The Asian Development Bank has also identified Bangladesh as the fastest growing major economy in Asia.
The Royal Lancaster Hotel, a 5 star luxurious venue in Central London overlooking Hyde Park has been selected for the fair, which is within the walking distance of the heart of London's Oxford Street. The fair venue is well connected and very accessible with all major public transports and just above the Underground station of Lancaster Gate.
The organiser of this fair will invite a select group of bank and stockbrokers from DSE and CSE with clear track record and credibility to showcase their products and services to British Bangladeshis in the UK.
At the same time, the organiser intends to generate absolute confidence in the minds of the investors willing to invest in the capital market in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh and India on Saturday reaffirmed not to allow the territory of either country to be used for any activity "inimical" to each other’s interests.
Both sides discussed early completion of pending fencing along the Bangladesh-India border as agreed by the Prime Ministers of the two countries.
The two countries discussed the issues at the 19th Home Secretary-level talks held virtually against the backdrop of ‘Mujib Barsho’ and 50 years of Bangladesh Liberation War and establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
The Indian side was led by Ajay Kumar Bhalla while that of Bangladesh by Mostafa Kamal Uddin.
The Home Secretaries held comprehensive discussions on border security, management, joint monitoring mechanisms and training.
Bangladesh and India agreed to further enhance cooperation to control cross-border crimes and promote developmental works.
Bangladesh and India attach highest importance to their bilateral relations, according to the Press Information Bureau of India.
Both the Secretaries reiterated their commitment to further expand and strengthen mutual cooperation in the security and border-related issues.
Both sides appreciated the cooperation between the two countries and the action taken to address the menace of terrorism and extremism in an effective manner.
The effective functioning of the Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) to control the illegal cross-border activities was appreciated by both sides.
The holding of the inaugural Police Chiefs’ Dialogue in January, 2021 implementing the decision taken at the Home Minister Level Talks (HMLT) held in August, 2019, was noted with appreciation by both sides.
The two sides agreed to further enhance the level of cooperation to prevent the smuggling of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) and contraband.
Bangladesh appreciated assistance provided by India in the field of training and capacity building for various security agencies.
Both sides reviewed the entire gamut of security and border-related cooperation and agreed to work closely to fulfill the shared vision of the leadership of the two countries.
Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonwal on Saturday emphasised regular contacts between the trade representatives of Bangladesh and India and those directly involved in import and export to enhance bilateral trade and resolve trade complexities.
He made the remarks when Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Mohammad Imran met the Chief Minister of Assam at his residence.
During the meeting, High Commissioner Imran said Bangladesh has now come a long way in terms of development and is in a very strong position economically.
He emphasised introducing the people of Assam to the current development picture of Bangladesh and establishing close communication between the people of the two regions through mutual cultural exchange and youth exchange programmes, said the High Commission.
The meeting was attended by the Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Guwahati and the First Secretary of the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi.
During the talks, the High Commissioner emphasized on enhancing cooperation on various issues of mutual interest.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Mohammad Imran is visiting the Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya to visit places of bilateral importance.
Earlier, Mohammad Imran visited the Tamabil customs port immigration center Thursday noon.
During the visit, he held meetings with local people's representatives, business representatives, Tamabil limestone, stone and coal importers' groups and local administration officials, including Tabamil Immigration and Customs officials.
He also visited the massacre site along the Bangladesh-India border and paid homage to the heroic martyrs of the great War of Independence.
At that time, he said Bangladesh has come a long way under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to realize the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to establish Sonar Bangla and the image of Bangladesh abroad has been greatly brightened.
"Our friendly relations with neighboring India have deepened," high commissioner mentioned.
He said the governments of the two countries are working with the northeastern states of neighboring India, including Assam, for the development and growth of Bangladesh's trade and tourism industry.
"To this end, our missions in India are fulfilling their responsibilities sincerely."
He assured the business representatives of full cooperation in resolving various issues arising out of trade with India.
On the same day, the High Commissioner visited Dauki Customs Port Immigration Center in Meghalaya and attended an exchange of views with local Indian business representatives.
Besides, he visited the new customs port area proposed by India in the border area of Gowainghat upazila of Sylhet.
The High Commissioner met Shillong Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma and visiting Indian Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
He also met the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Meghalaya.
Earlier, High Commissioner Imran had a courtesy meeting with Assam Governor Jagadish Mukhi, Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik and Deputy Chief Minister Preston Tinsong.
UN human rights experts on Friday called on the Myanmar military to immediately end the violent crackdown on countrywide peaceful protests against its coup and allow free expression.
“The people of Myanmar have the right to protest peacefully and express their discontent with the military coup,” the experts said. “We call on the military to refrain from using force against peaceful protests, stop using live bullets against protesters immediately and respect their right to peaceful protest,” they said.
Myanmar has seen hundreds of thousands of peaceful demonstrators take to the streets to oppose this month’s military takeover and the removal of the civilian government.
At least five protesters have died while many human rights defenders have been threatened and gone into hiding.
The experts also expressed concern that at least 700 people had been detained since the coup, including high-profile leaders of the civilian government.
Some are being kept under house arrest with no outside contact and in most cases their whereabouts are unknown. The lack of official charges or acknowledgement of detention is also disturbing, they said.
“The arbitrary detention and harassment of those voicing their dissent or organising and participating in peaceful protests must immediately end,” the experts said.
“We are very concerned that journalists covering the protests have been arbitrarily detained and military personnel are reportedly using slingshots to fire pellets at journalists. Deliberate attacks on journalists and their arbitrary detention are serious violations of international human rights law and must immediately stop.”
The experts noted that the military junta has unlawfully passed or is planning to pass a worrying series of regulatory measures that would entrench the control of the regime over the flow of information through the internet and strip individuals of their human rights.
“These vague and overly broad provisions would give the military unfettered power to censor dissenting voices on social media, disrupt the internet at will and access user information with no restraint or regard for their right to privacy,” said the experts.
Endorsing earlier calls from the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, the experts urged the military to restore democratic institutions, and ensure that all those detained for exercising their human rights are immediately released and not subjected to any harm while in custody.
“The progress of the last decade on democratisation, human rights and the existing dialogue processes initiated with minorities and indigenous peoples, albeit small, must not be lost,” the experts said.
“We warn the military junta that those who are responsible for repression and killing of peaceful protesters as well as the detention of government officials and journalists will be held accountable before international jurisdictions”.
The experts called on the international community to continue to push for the respect of the will of the people of Myanmar and for the peaceful return of the power to the civilian government.
They further recall that business enterprises, including state-owned enterprises, have a responsibility to respect all internationally recognised human rights wherever they operate.
The experts are Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, Special Rapporteur on the right to peaceful assembly and association; Thomas Andrews, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar; Francisco Cali Tzay, Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples; Agnès Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Irene Khan, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression; Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; Leigh Toomey (Chair-Rapporteur), Elina Steinerte (Vice-Chair), Miriam Estrada-Castillo, Mumba Malila and Seong-Phil Hong, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Tae-Ung Baik (Chair), Henrikas Mickevičius, (Vice Chair), Luciano Hazan, Bernard Duhaime, and Aua Balde, Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances; Dante Pesce (Chair), Surya Deva (Vice-Chair), Elżbieta Karska, Githu Muigai, Anita Ramasastry, Working Group on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.
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