8 of 2 families found unconscious in Sylhet

Eight members of two families have been found unconscious at their respective house in Sadar upazila of Sylhet, said police.

Two members of a family found them unconscious on Saturday morning in their tin-shed houses and rushed them to MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital (SOMCH).

They are Shajeda Begum, 50, her son Sohanur Rahman Sagar, 17, daughter Nigar Sultana, 29, of a family and Subhas Chandra Dey, 65, Sreebhas Chandra Dey, 60, Satyen Dey, 35, Shibani Chandra Dey, 52, and Gouri Rani Dey, 57 of another family.

Nigar Sultana, who gained consciousness at the hospital, said the members of the two families slept in their respective rooms after having dinner on Friday night. However, her brother Saheed was awake almost the whole night.

“Around 5 am on Saturday, our eyes were burning and we woke up. We vomited several times,” she added.

Later, Nigar’s brother found the window grill of their kitchen broken.

Sylhet Airport Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mainul Zakir said they suspect that thieves might have done this.

“We have collected some evidence. However, nothing can be said before investigation,” he added.

Read: 2 die after 5 members of UK expat family found unconscious in Sylhet

On July 26, two members of a UK expatriate family died at a hospital in Sylhet after five members of the family were found unconscious at rented house in Osmaninagar upazila of the district.

The deceased were Rafiqul Islam, 50, and his 16-year-old son Mahikul Islam.

On August 6, Samira Islam, daughter of Rafiqul Islam, died at a hospital.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Well-marked low intensifies into depression in Bay again

The well-marked low over northwest Bay and adjoining coastal area intensified into a depression and lies over northeast Bay off West Bengal-North Odisha coast and adjoining areas, said Met office on Sunday.

“It is likely to move northwestwards,” according to a special bulletin of the Met office.

Squally weather may affect the maritime ports, north Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh. Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal No 3.

Read: Depression in Bay: Avoid Cox’s Bazar beach, say tourist police

Under the influence of the full moon and steep pressure gradient, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts and their offshore island and chars are likely to be inundated by the wind driven surge height of 2-4 feet above normal astronomical tide, it added.

The districts are Satkhira, Khulna, Bagerhat, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar.

All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution until further notice.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bangabandhu will always encourage to fight against misrule,oppression, says GM Quader

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will always encourage the nation to fight against corruption, misrule and oppression, said Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader in a statement marking the National Mourning Day.

“Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had fought for the establishment of democracy and human rights throughout his life,” according to the statement issued on Sunday.

Read:GM Quader calls for white paper on corruption in the energy sector

“We pay our respect to late president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on this mourning day.”

The party also prayed seeking the eternal peace of the departed souls of the August 15 carnage.

“Our pledge on this mourning day is that we will build a ‘New Bangladesh’ by building a welfare state free from hunger, poverty, corruption and discrimination.”

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman – the architect of the country’s independence — was assassinated along with most of his family members at the dawn on August 15, 1975 by a cabal of army personnel under a deep-rooted conspiracy against the country and its independence.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Khaleda turns 77 Monday

recovery of Khaleda.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Sunday said their party’s all city, district, upazila and thana units will arrange the doa and milad mahfils at their offices seeking the salvation of the departed souls of the party leaders and activists who died in the ongoing democratic movement and the recovery of those injured.

He made the announcement at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.

“Our beloved leader’s (Khaleda’s) 77th birthday is tomorrow (Monday). Begum Khaleda Zia is an embodiment of the hopes and aspirations of the democracy-loving people of this country. All her life she struggled and did politics for democracy,” Rizvi said.

He alleged that Khaleda has been kept in jail so that the government can continue its ‘illegal activities. “We demand her unconditional release.”

Read: Khaleda turns ‘76’ Saturday

As in the last six years, the party has no programme to cut any cake to celebrate the birthday in the early hours of Monday. .

Contacted, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told UNB that they have no programme, except doa mahfil, to celebrate Khaleda’s birthday as she is sick.

Besides, he said they have not been celebrating her birthday for the last few years with any programme as per Khaleda’s directives. “We only pray for her wellbeing on the day.”

Amid criticisms by Awami League leaders for celebrating her birthday on the National Mourning Day, BNP marked her 71st, 72nd and 73rd, 74th, 75th and 76th birthdays by holding doa mahfils instead of cutting any cake.

Khaleda was sent to Old Dhaka Central Jail she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case by a lower court on February 8, 2018.

On March 25, 2020, the BNP chief was released from jail upon an executive order on some conditions considering her age and humanitarian ground following an application by her family.

According to BNP’s website, Khaleda Zia was born to Iskandar Majumder and Taiyaba Majumder on August 15, 1945, in Dinajpur district. She is the fourth among her four sisters and two brothers.

Meanwhile, the nation is set to observe the National Mourning Day on the same day commemorating the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15, 1975.

Khaleda and her party used to observe August 15 as her birthday since 1991 amid controversy over her date of birth.

Awami League leaders have long been claiming that her birthday is September 5, 1945, as per her marriage certificate while August 19, 1946, as per her first passport. Khaleda herself put the date as August 9, 1944 while registering for her matriculation exams, they said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

No enforced disappearance, no restrictions on freedom: Momen tells Bachelet

Bangladesh has conveyed to visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet that there is no “enforced disappearance” and no restrictions on media freedom and civil society in the country.

While talking to reporters after his meeting with Bachelet at state guesthouse Padma, Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen said the UN rights chief did not raise the issue of extrajudicial killings or enforced disappearance but the Bangladesh side raised it on its own.

“They (UN side) did not raise the issue of extrajudicial killings. They (UN) were informed that some people had been killed. We said we’ll definitely investigate if there is any such information,” he said, adding that he did not hear about any such incident in recent days but there were such cases in 2002-2003.

Momen referred to an open letter to the UN rights chief by David Bergman, Editor of Netra News (English) and said they (Bergman and others) are very unhappy and going through kind of mental pains as Bangladesh is progressing.

“Some people are giving them (Bergman and others) money. They are paid persons,” he said, mentioning that he heard they (Bergman and others) work in favour of those who pay them.

Momen also recalled the role of Bergman during the trial of war criminals as he heard that Bergman used to work in exchange for money.

Also read: UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet in city

The foreign minister also told the UN rights chief that the perception of restrictions on media freedom is not true. “I see the media is very strong here.”

Responding to a question, Momen said they (UN side) are very concerned about the Rohingya issue.

Bachelet thanked Bangladesh for its generosity towards the Rohingyas, but at the same time they want an increased support to the Rohingyas, he said.

Momen briefed Bachelet about the government’s efforts to protect and promote human rights in the country.

The Bangladesh side urged her to extend their support in Rakhine state for creating a conducive environment for the Rohingya repatriation.

The top executive of the UN Human Rights body will also have the opportunity to interact with the forcibly displaced Rohingya people during her trip to Cox’s Bazar, through which she would be equipped with concrete information to press hard the agenda for their repatriation to the ancestral homeland – Rakhine State of Myanmar, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Bachelet arrived here on Sunday morning on a four-day visit as Bangladesh continues “constructive dialogue” with her for the promotion and protection of human rights.

Before her arrival in Dhaka, the government strongly rejected what it says the visible “politically motivated efforts” of some corners to mislead the people by showcasing the visit of the UN High Commissioner as an occasion to “put undue pressure” on the government.

“The government of Bangladesh firmly believes that politicization of the human rights agenda never helps in promoting and protecting human rights of the people; and therefore, sincere dialogue and cooperation is the pathway,” said the government early Saturday.

Bachelet, who was an elected president of Chile on two occasions (2006 – 2010 and 2014 – 2018), is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday morning.

Apart from her meetings with the Cabinet members of the government, she is scheduled to interact with the National Human Rights Commission, youth representatives, leaders of the civil society organizations (CSOs) and the academia during her stay in Dhaka.

She would also pay homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on August 15.

Bachelet will also join an interactive session on “New Frontiers of Human Rights: Climate Justice in Perspective” with young scholars at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies on Wednesday after her meeting with PM Hasina.

Also read: Bangladesh wants “constructive dialogue” as UN rights chief arrives Sunday

Bangladesh hoped to benefit from an objective appreciation of the High Commissioner regarding the achievements of the country, despite challenges.

The visiting UN High Commissioner remains well aware of the plethora of achievements of Bangladesh in the human rights domain, including through the treaty-body reporting as well as through other mechanisms, Bangladesh says.

Bangladesh hoped that the chief of UN human rights mechanism would witness by herself how the country is doing miracles to keep on track their development journey; integrating human rights into it.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, no one in the country has died of starvation, said the government, adding that “No one is getting killed either in shopping malls, schools or worship places in Bangladesh.”

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Ideals of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Can Inspire the Young Generation

Although he lived a relatively short life, Father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman left a lasting legacy that continues to inspire people around the world. His ideals of democracy, equality, and justice are as relevant today as they were when he was alive. Today’s youth can learn a lot from Bangabandhu’s example, and his life story is an inspiring reminder of what is possible when we stand up for what we believe in.

What Today’s Youth Can Learn from Bangabandhu’s Ideals?

There are a few politicians in the world who are remembered for a sign of courage due to their actions, and Bangabandhu is one of them. Inspired by his brilliance, the youth still cherish becoming a person like Sheikh Mujib. Here are the 8 lessons youth can learn from the father of the nation’s ideals.

Love the People

Bangabandhu went to the root level to know the people’s demands for 31 years. It has led general people to become bold and competent in proclaiming their civil and moral rights and their fair right to live a life free from doubt. He loved Bangladeshi people very much.

Read ‘BRAVEHEART’: Gallery Cosmos pays rich artistic tribute to Bangabandhu

On January 18, 1972, in response to a question by British television journalist David Frost, he said, “My greatest strength is the love for my people; my greatest weakness is that I love them too much.” This can teach today’s youth about how to love selflessly.

Strong Personality and Leadership Skills

Mujib was known for his strong personality and charisma, which helped him to gain the support of the people. With his strong personality, Bangabandhu was able to bring people together and get them to work towards a common goal. He was also very honest and straightforward, which helped to build trust among the people he worked with. So, the youth can take lessons from this personality and leadership skill to make themselves a better person.

Honesty

Honesty was the main driving force in Bangabandhu’s life, which he learned from his family. In ‘The Unfinished Memoirs’ page 21, we find that his father, Sheikh Lutfar Rahman told him in 1942, “I will not object to politics, you are fighting against Pakistan, it is so much happiness, but do not forget to study. If you don’t study, you can’t become a good person.” Mujib’s father also told him, “If you have ‘Sincerity of Purpose and Honesty of Purpose, you will not be defeated in life.”

Read What Was Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Childhood Like?

Throughout his life, Bangabandhu practised honesty, and he never resorted to lies and hypocrisy in politics.

Visionary

Father of the nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a leader with acute vision. With his vision he understood, even if Pakistan and India were divided 1947, it would not benefit Bengalis. The prudent and wise leader Bangabandhu understood this well. From that time, he thought about Bengalis independence.

Not only in political struggle but also in managing a war-torn country in just three and a half years, he took some steps which originated from his visionary thinking. His cherished dream was to build Sonar Bangla. He was also implementing well-planned economic activities for that purpose.

Read Bangabandhu Biopic: A joint production of Bangladesh and India

Bangabandhu’s legacy continues to inspire Bangladeshis today, and his vision for a prosperous and equitable Bangladesh is as relevant as ever.

Confidence

In each step of his life, Sheikh Mujib walks the path with infinite courage. Crossed the difficult path alone with confidence. But there is a sense of confusion among today’s youth. A little disappointment makes them lose their confidence.

So it is very important to know Bangabandhu to energise ourselves. Thus the young people can get inspired by the ideals of Bangabandhu’s thought and spirit and move forward.

Read Who was Sheikh Mujibur Rahman? A Short Biography of Bangabandhu, Father of the Nation

Fight Against Injustice

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dedicated his life to fighting against all injustice, no matter who was responsible. He was a man of great integrity and moral courage, and he never wavered in his commitment to justice.

As the leader of Bangladesh, he inspired his people to stand up against the tyranny of the Pakistani government and fight for their independence. He told the youth to protest where there is injustice; Resist those individuals and institutions that capitalise on people’s helplessness to build a house of power and self-interest.

To follow Bangabandhu’s ideology, we must be mentally prepared to fight against the injustice of our society.

Read Bangabandhu Memorial Museum: Witness to History and Tragedy

Dreamer

Bangabandhu was a dreamer and helped people to dream. He has shown the Bengali nation a dream of a united, poverty-free, corruption-free non-communal Bangladesh. Bangabandhu had boundless passion, immense faith, and hope for the country.

Today’s youth can take this as a lesson. If those qualities are not instilled in the young generation, the implementation of Bangabandhu’s ideals will not be possible. The young generation should come to the forefront to realise Bangabandhu’s dream to establish a Bangladesh free from exploitation and corruption.

Patriotism

Bangabandhu taught the people of Bangladesh the true meaning of patriotism. He showed that patriotism is not just about loving one’s country but also about fighting for its independence and sovereignty. It is about loving Bangladesh enough to make it a better place.

Read Bangabandhu, Gandhi share striking similarities in political philosophy: Doraiswami

This was the kind of patriotism that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman showed when he fought for the independence of Bangladesh. He could have easily chosen to remain part of Pakistan, but he knew that Bangladesh deserved to be its own country. Mujib’s patriotism was about more than just his country. It was about justice and humanity. So, the youth should learn this and apply it to their daily life.

Final Words

The ideals of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman can inspire the young generation of Bangladesh to build a prosperous nation while protecting the sovereignty of the country. These lessons include the importance of freedom, democracy, human rights, value of education and knowledge, need for unity and solidarity, etc. By understanding and internalising the father of the nation’s ideals, today’s youth can help build a better future for themselves and for their country.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Nation set to observe National Mourning Day Monday

On this day in 1975, the nation’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members were assassinated by a cabal of military men.

Eighteen members of Bangabandhu’s family, including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons – Captain Sheikh Kamal, Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and 10-year-old Sheikh Russel, two daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, peasant leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu were, among others, killed on that fateful night.

Bangabandhu’s Military Secretary Brigadier General Jamil was also killed. Several members of a family in the capital’s Mohammadpur area were killed by artillery shells fired by the killers on the same day.

Also read: BARVIDA pays tribute to Bangabandhu

His two daughters – Sheikh Hasina, now the Prime Minister, and Sheikh Rehana – luckily survived the massacre as they were abroad at that time.

The government, various socio-cultural, political and professional organisations, including ruling Awami League and its associate bodies, chalked out programmes to observe the day.

Elaborate programmes have been chalked out to observe the 47th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Mourning Day on Monday.

The national flag will be hoisted half-mast in all government, semi-government, autonomous institutions, educational institutions and private buildings including Bangladesh missions abroad.

At 6.30 am in the morning, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lay wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Dhanmondi Road-32 in the capital.

Also read: AL to occupy streets in September as August mourning ends: Hasan

A guard of honor will be presented by the armed forces and prayers will be offered.

At 7.30 am, the Prime Minister will place wreaths and flower petals in the Banani Graveyard on the graves of the family members of the Father of the Nation and other martyrs who were brutally killed on August 15, 1975, along with Bangabandhu. She will also offer Fateha and munajat for salvation of the souls of the martyrs there.

The Prime Minister will pay homage to the Father of the Nation by placing a wreath at mazar of Bangabandhu at Tungipara in Gopalganj at 10 am. Apart from Honor Guard by the Armed Forces, fateha will be recited and munajat will be offered at Bangabandhu Mausoleum complex.

Special doa and munajat will be held in mosques across the country after Zohr prayers marking the occasion. Special prayers will also be organized in temples, churches, pagodas and other religious institutions.

Special supplements will be published in national dailies and periodicals on the occasion.

Department of Films and Publications (DFP) has published posters for distribution across the country. Posters in English language have already been dispatched to Bangladesh diplomatic missions abroad.

On the occasion of mourning day, Department of Mass Communication will screen documentary films on life and works of Bangabandhu across the country. The Press Information Department (PID) organized a week-long photo exhibition at the Bangladesh Secretariat.

Regional Information Offices under PID also arranged Photo Exhibition at divisional level. Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television will air special programmes on the occasion.

All public and private primary schools, high schools, madrasas, colleges, medical colleges and universities and other educational institutions will organize discussion meetings, poetry recitations, essay writing and painting competitions, art exhibitions, hamd-naat competitions and doa mahfils.

In line with the national programme, discussion meetings, doa mahfil and other programs will be held at the district and upazila levels.

All city corporations, municipalities and union parishads of the country will chalk out and implement their own mourning day programmes.

The programmes of Dhanmondi, Banani and Tungipara will be broadcast live on Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television. Other private television channels, FM radio and community radio will also broadcast the programmes live with the help of Bangladesh Betar and Bangladesh Television.

AL leaders and workers will pay tributes to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his portrait on the premises of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi road number 32 here at 6am.

An AL press release also said that tributes will also be paid to other martyrs of August 15 by placing wreaths at their graves in Banani graveyard at 8am.

A delegation of Awami League Central Working Committee, Gopalganj district and Tungipara upazila units of the party will pay homage to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his mausoleum at Tungipara in Gopalganj at 12 noon where Fateha offering, milad and doa mahfil will be arranged there.

On the second day, a discussion will be arranged at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) on the occasion of the National Mourning Day in the afternoon (4pm).

Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to chair it.

Messages of President and PM

Marking this day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages.

In his message, President Abdul Hamid, said,

“Bangabandhu was uncompromising in establishing fundamental human rights and independence. He, even on the gallows, upheld the interest of Bangla and Bangalees. Ignoring the blood-curdling eyes of the then Pakistani rulers, Bangabandhu delivered a historic speech on 07 March in 1971 before a mammoth gathering at the then Race Course Maidan.”

“ Bangabandhu has made an outstanding contribution in establishing world peace along with equality, friendship and democracy throughout his life. He was a symbol of independence and ambassador of freedom for oppressed and exploited people in the world. “

The assassins killed the Father of the Nation but could not erase his principles and ideals, he said adding Bangabandhu will remain an eternal source of inspiration not only for millions of Bangalees in this country, but also for freedom-seeking people of the world.

In a message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said, “Under the visionary and strong leadership of the Father of the Nation, the Bangalee Nation broke the shackles of subjugation and snatched away our great Independence. The anti-liberation clique killed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib at a time when he was engaged in the struggle of building a Golden Bangladesh by reconstructing the war-ravaged country.”

Through the murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, the defeated forces of the Liberation War made ill-attempts to ruin the tradition, culture and advancement of the Bangalee Nation, she said adding the aim of the killers was to break the state structure of a secular democratic Bangladesh and foil our hard-earned Independence.

“The anti-liberation forces involved in the carnage initiated the politics of killing, coup and conspiracy in the country right after the 15 August 1975. “

“Let’s turn our grief of losing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib into our strength. Let’s build a non-communal, hunger-poverty-free prosperous Golden Bangladesh as dreamt by the Father of the Nation through reflecting the glory and ideals of his long struggling life in our actions; this should be our firm pledge on this National Mourning Day,” she said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Momen once again clarifies the controversy over his “heaven” remark

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has clarified that his use of the word “heaven” was not in its “true sense”, but only meant for comparing the situation in Bangladesh with other countries amid global economic crisis.

“After all I am a public figure. I am an open person,” he told reporters on Sunday reiterating that he says what he thinks as an open-minded person.

The foreign minister wore his usual smile as he also described, in his own style, how the media treated him in their reports on this comment.

Also read: No enforced disappearance, no restrictions on freedom: Momen tells Bachelet

In Sylhet on Saturday, Momen said his comments were “twisted” as he meant that people of Bangladesh are in a far better situation compared to other countries amid global recession.

“I said we are in a far better situation compared to other countries,” he told reporters.

Comparing the situation with other countries, the foreign minister on Friday said people in Bangladesh are leading a happy life and “living in heaven” compared to other countries.

He said a certain group is spreading panic claiming that Bangladesh will face a Sri Lanka-like situation. “This is baseless.”

Also read: Bangladesh not turning into Sri Lanka : FM

Momen, however, acknowledged that Bangladesh is facing challenges due to global recession.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bongo brings ‘The Groomsmen’ as ‘Bhai Brothers’

Video streaming platform Bongo has released American comedy film “The Groomsmen,” dubbed in Bangla as “Bhai Brothers.”

The story revolves around a groom and his four groomsmen.

The Groomsmen stars Edward Burns, Jessica Capshaw, Spencer Fox, John Leguizamo, Matthew Lillard, Brittany Murphy, and Donal Logue.

The film’s screenplay was written and directed by the film’s protagonist Edward. And it was said the inspiration for the film comes from the real life of Edward and her then-girlfriend, supermodel Christy Turlington.

Read: Bongo brings Bangla dubbed ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Paulie (Edward), a writer by profession, is getting ready to marry her long-term girlfriend Sue (Brittany), who is five months pregnant. He feels a little bit frightened of this greater responsibility of being both husband and father.

When Paulie is fighting with greater confusion, his childless envious big brother Jimbo influences him not to get married. But the story does not end here.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Home Minister drops in on Bachelet

If any law enforcers picks up someone, they have to be produced before the court within 24 hours, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Sunday.

“Those who are observing the ‘EnForced Disappearance Day’ with many information and documents, are doing this centering a purpose. But the law enforcement agencies, who picked up someone from any place, produced them before the court within 24 hours,” he said.

Asaduzzaman came up with the remark while talking to reporters after meeting with visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet at State guesthouse Padma on Sunday afternoon.

Also read: No enforced disappearance, no restrictions on freedom: Momen tells Bachelet

Law Minister Anisul Huq and Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen also met Bachelet separately.

Earlier, Bachelet discussed the issues of forced disappearances, freedom of media, human rights and others.

Talking about the victims of enforced disappearances, Asaduzzaman, said allegations of sabotage activities were brought against some of them while many of them were disturbed for family feud and many of them were in hiding of their own accord.

Many of them have been on the run due to lack of success in business, loan defaulters and other reasons, he said adding “If anyone went on disappearance of self then it is difficult to find him/her.”

Also read: Bangladesh wants “constructive dialogue” as UN rights chief arrives Sunday

Referring to the Myanmar issue, the minister said Myanmar did not keep their word in taking back Rohingyas.

“Bachelet said that Myanmar is not in a good position that’s why Rohingyas are reluctant to go to their own country but the UN is working to bring back the Rohingyas,” he said.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bachelet to pay homage to Bangabandhu Monday

Visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet will pay homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum on Monday.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam will receive her at Dhanmondi-32 at 12pm, said a senior official.

Bachelet, who was an elected president of Chile on two occasions (2006 – 2010 and 2014 – 2018), is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday morning.

Bachelet will also join an interactive session on “New Frontiers of Human Rights: Climate Justice in Perspective” with young scholars at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies on Wednesday after her meeting with PM Hasina.

Also read: Ideals of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Can Inspire the Young Generation

She held meetings with the Cabinet members of the government including Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Sunday.

The top executive of the UN Human Rights body will also have the opportunity to interact with the forcibly displaced Rohingya people during her trip to Cox’s Bazar, through which she would be equipped with concrete information to press hard the agenda for their repatriation to the ancestral homeland – Rakhine State of Myanmar, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Also read: Nation set to observe National Mourning Day Monday

Bachelet will make a statement on Wednesday at the end of her visit, said her office.

She is scheduled to interact with the National Human Rights Commission, youth representatives, leaders of the civil society organizations (CSOs) and the academia during her stay in Dhaka.

Bachelet arrived here on Sunday morning on a four-day visit as Bangladesh continues “constructive dialogue” with her for the promotion and protection of human rights.

Source: United News of Bangladesh

Bachelet assures UN’s continued efforts to ensure safe Rohingyas to Myanmar

Acknowledging Bangladesh’s great difficulty in dealing with the Rohingya crisis, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Sunday assured the UN’s continued efforts to realise safe and voluntary return of the Rohingyas to Myanmar.

She made the assurance when Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said that protracted stay of the displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh bears the risk of the spread of radicalism, transnational crimes and thus may hamper regional stability.

High Commissioner Bachelet, appreciating Bangladesh’s humanitarian gesture towards the Rohingyas, underscored the need for their education through fully operationalizing the learning centers in the camps.

Momen urged the High Commissioner to use her good office to effectively engage with Myanmar and repatriate the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to Myanmar.

Read: Momen once again clarifies the controversy over his “heaven” remark

He recalled that the Government took good care of the displaced Rohigyas during the pandemic by providing vaccines. He urged the UN system, including UNDP, to undertake projects in Rakhine to create a conducive environment for the return of the Rohingyas. He underscored that Bangladesh, as a developing country, strongly promotes the Right to Development.

She appreciated Bangladesh’s regular reporting to human rights treaty bodies, and suggested a mechanism for further streamlining this.

High Commissioner Bachelet also positively noted the possible upcoming visits of several Special Rapporteurs of the UN to Bangladesh, as well as Bangladesh’s efforts to implement the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations.

Bachelet, who is now on a four-day visit, had meetings with the Foreign Minister, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Law Minister Anisul Huq and Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Sunday.

They discussed various dimensions of the human rights aspect of Bangladesh. During the meetings, Bangladesh Ministers highlighted the government’s “sincere efforts” to protect and promote human rights of the people.

Momen highlighted the government’s achievements in women empowerment, GDP growth despite the pandemic and political stability.

He also underscored the fact that, in Bangladesh the media is operating freely, with a large number of television channels and newspapers.

Law Minister Huq, during his meeting, briefed the High Commissioner on the progress made on the reviewing of the Digital Security Act (DSA), an area on which both sides are working together, underscoring that the DSA was enacted to combat cybercrimes.

Read: Bachelet didn’t express any concern over Bangladesh situation: Law Minister

Noting that Bangladesh is working towards establishing a social order where human rights are guaranteed, he underscored the need for further international support for human rights training.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman depicted how Bangladesh suffered from political violence and terrorism in past, and how the government has ensured safety and security combating all these challenges.

Both sides also appreciated the professional performances of Bangladeshi peacekeepers, including female peacekeepers.

The Home Minister, in response to the High Commissioner’s query, elaborated the government’s “sincere efforts” to fully implement the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord.

He also highlighted the prevailing religious harmony in the country, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Education Minister Dipu Moni briefed High Commissioner Bachelet on the measures undertaken by the government to ensure quality education, including introducing new curriculum, skill development initiatives, stipends for female students and access to education for disabled persons.

She also informed about the inclusive measures taken for the third gender people.

This is the first ever visit by any UN High Commissioner for Human Rights since the establishment of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights back in 1993.

Source: United News of Bangladesh