British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson and Deputy High Commissioner Javed Patel have attended the Durga Puja celebrations in Mirzapur, Tangail.
They had an incredible experience and thanked the Kumadini Welfare Trust for hosting a wonderful celebration despite COVID-19 restrictions, the High Commission said.
Meanwhile, US Ambassador Earl Miller extended Puja greetings to Bangladeshis.
“As Hindus all over the world celebrate Durga Puja, on behalf of US Embassy Dhaka, I send my greetings to all Bangladeshis on this auspicious occasion. The message of Durga Puja is universal - a commitment to compassion, concern for the poor, and love of family and community," he said.
Though they are celebrating differently this year, may the festivities of Durga Puja inspire them all as the world continues the fight against COVID-19.
"Shuvo Durga Puja!"
Bangladesh has requested Egypt to continue providing required support to The Gambia over the Rohingya issue at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as a leading OIC member country.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen made the request when outgoing Ambassador of Egypt Walid Ahmed Shamseldin met him on Sunday.
The Gambia on Friday filed a more than 500-page Memorial, which also includes over 5,000 pages of supporting material, in its lawsuit against Myanmar at the ICJ in The Hague, making its case for how the government of Myanmar is responsible for genocide against Rohingya.
The government of Myanmar should immediately comply with the ICJ orders to prevent the ongoing acts of genocide and preserve evidence of genocide against Rohingya Muslims, said Fortify Rights.
Matthew Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Fortify Rights, termed it another step towards justice for Rohingya. “International accountability mechanisms, like the ICJ, are crucial, especially given that mass atrocity crimes continue against Rohingya and others in Myanmar.”
In November 2019, The Gambia opened a case at the ICJ, also known as the World Court, against Myanmar for failing to prevent or punish genocide against Rohingya Muslims.
Following the filing of the case by The Gambia, the government of Myanmar has three months to file a Counter-Memorial at the ICJ in response to The Gambia’s genocide allegations.
The Memorial and Counter-Memorial will not be made public for the duration of the trial, which is expected to last several years.
The Ambassador of Egypt assured the Foreign Minister of their continued support over Rohingya repatriation.
Both discussed bilateral trade and investment issues, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dr Momen urged the outgoing Ambassador to invest in Bangladesh special economic zones.
He also informed the envoy that Egypt can utilise killed Bangladeshis in the IT sector.
Dr Momen also requested the Ambassador to set up a petrochemical industry in Bangladesh.
The Egyptian Ambassador informed the Foreign Minister that Egypt is exporting onions to Bangladesh.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has sought Japan’s strong support in resolving the Rohingya crisis.
Stressing the need for ensuring peace, stability and prosperity of the region, he urged Japanese Ambassador Naoki Ito to use its leverage with Myanmar to create a conducive environment for an early, safe, sustainable and dignified repatriation of 1.1 million Rohingyas temporarily sheltered in Bangladesh to their ancestral homes in Rakhaine state.
Dr Momen discussed the issue when the Ambassador met him on Sunday.
In response, the Ambassador referred to Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi’s recent visit to Myanmar where he called upon the Myanmar authorities for an early repatriation of the Rohingyas and assured that his government would continue to pursue the matter.
He said Japan reiterated its position regarding repatriation at the Conference on Sustaining Support for the Rohingya Refugee Response held on October 22.
The Foreign Minister appreciated Japan’s continued support for strengthening infrastructural and socio-economic development of Bangladesh.
He urged Japanese entrepreneurs to invest in two special economic zones -- in Araihazar (Narayanganj) and Gazipur—of Bangladesh.
Dr Momen called upon Japanese businesses to take advantage of Bangladesh’s high corporate profitability, business-friendly policies, massive domestic market and strategic access to key markets across the world.
He termed Bangladesh a good destination for investment and hoped to elevate further the level of cooperation between the two friendly countries.
The Ambassador referred to the newly-elected Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and expressed Japan’s keenness to further strengthen the bilateral relations.
Both the Foreign Minister and the Ambassador expressed satisfaction at the existing excellent bilateral relations and agreed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2022 by organising special events.
Dr Momen also thanked the government of Japan for their support in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
Newly appointed Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Sahabuddin Ahmed on Sunday had an introductory meeting with the expatriate Bangladeshi living in Japan at the Bangabandhu auditorium of the mission.
He sought cooperation from all concerned to discharge his duties.
It was the ambassador’s first discussion with Bangladeshi community after he assumed charge.
Members of Bangladeshi community welcomed the ambassador in Japan with bouquets of flowers.
Following the introduction, Ambassador, in his speech, recalled the unparalleled contributions of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, great sacrifices made by the National Four Leaders, the valiant freedom fighters and the women who lost their dignity during the Liberation War in 1971.
He also recalled with deep respect the contributions of Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatun Nesa Mujib and the family members of Bangabandhu who lost their lives in a brutal assassination on 15 August 1975.
Expressing deep gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to entrust him with this responsibility, he intended to work diligently to deepen the ties between Bangladesh and Japan and work for the welfare of the expatriate Bangladeshis living in Japan.
Ahmed informed the community that despite, COVID-19 pandemic, Tokyo mission, following the health rules, had undertaken many events marking the ‘Mujib Year’.
He also invited the guests to visit the newly launched ‘Bangabandhu Corner’ established on the third floor of the building.
Later, community members participated in the open discussion where they welcomed the ambassador and placed various suggestions and demands to him.
Ambassador gave a patient hearing and assurance to extend best possible services to them.
In the afternoon, the ambassador visited the ‘Akabane Kita Kumin Center’ where Hindu Community living in Tokyo arranged the ‘Durga Puja’.
He greeted the members of Hindu Community on the occasion.
The European Union has mobilised a total of €96 million for Rohingyas in 2020 for humanitarian, development cooperation as well as conflict prevention support.
The EU along with the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees co-hosted the conference in solidarity with Rohingya refugees and countries in the region recently.
Representing the EU at the conference, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič said the international community came together to show its support and deliver further assistance to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees and the communities hosting them.
"We must do all we can so the Rohingya crisis does not become a forgotten tragedy. At this difficult time, the EU continues to stand by the most vulnerable with this emergency humanitarian support.”
Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, said the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has increased the challenges on the ground. "EU pledge reinforces our engagement with partners in support of people and development in the region. We must prevent a worsening of this crisis.”
EU aid for Rohingya refugees and countries
Today's funding from the EU will focus on helping those most in need, channelled through UN agencies, NGOs and international organisations:
Humanitarian assistance of €51.5 million – which includes a new allocation of €20 million from the Emergency Aid Reserve – to help refugees and vulnerable host communities. Priority sectors will be protection (including child protection, Gender Based-Violence), critical healthcare (including mental health) and nutrition, food assistance and key coordination roles.
Development support of €39 million to strengthen the resilience and social cohesion of Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox's Bazar District and of internally displaced people in Rakhine State. Support will focus on strengthening basic social services, particularly education, health, food and nutrition security, as well as addressing protection and information needs.
Conflict prevention support of €5.5 million to contribute to stability and peace in the region.
The 25 August 2020 marked the 3rd anniversary of the mass fleeing of over 740,000 Rohingya from Myanmar, following major outbreaks of violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Over 860,000 Rohingya refugees currently live in Bangladesh, in Cox's Bazar district, and over 150,000 in other countries of the region.
The UN estimates that approximately 600,000 remaining Rohingya people in Myanmar's Rakhine continue to suffer from a protracted human rights crisis, with very limited access to basic services and viable livelihood opportunities due to strict movement restrictions and denied citizenship and rights.
Since 2017, the EU has provided over €226 million in humanitarian and development support to respond to the Rohingya crisis both in Myanmar and in Bangladesh.
This includes basic humanitarian assistance for Rohingya populations, and host communities living close to the refugee settlements.
The EU provides food assistance, shelter, health care, water and sanitation support, nutrition assistance, education, and protection services.
The conference aimed to underscore the international community's continued commitment to the humanitarian response for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh and throughout the region, and for Internally Displaced People in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
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