Rohingyas want their rights protected before going back

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first_imgRohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Reuters file photoRohingyas, now living in Bangladesh, want to see certain positive developments including right to citizenship before returning to their homeland- Myanmar.“A majority of Rohingyas those interviewed indicated that before considering returning to Myanmar they would need to see some positive developments, in particular in relation to citizenship, security, and the possibility for them to enjoy their basic rights,” says the UNHCR on Saturday.Some Rohingyas have also asked for reassurances about UNHCR’s involvement in the process, being familiar with UNHCR’s role and assistance in past efforts to assist refugees to return to Myanmar, according to an ‘operational update’ shared by the UN agency.Some 655,000 people have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 2017.There were more than 2,200 new arrivals between 1 and 26 December last year, a significant decrease in arrival trends compared to November, which saw the arrival of over 12,700 Rohingyas in November.In December, the majority of arrivals (over 1,900) arrived through the Mogpara/Sabrang border point, on the southernmost tip of Bangladesh.UNHCR said it is working with the Bangladesh government and partners to ensure protection and assistance for refugees.UNHCR’s support also aimed at ensuring that local host communities affected by the unprecedented influx are considered and assisted.On 23 November 2017, the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a bilateral ‘arrangement’ on the return of refugees to Myanmar.A Joint Working Group (JWG) consisting of government representatives from Myanmar and Bangladesh was subsequently formed on 19 December.The JWG is tasked to develop a specific instrument on the physical arrangement for the repatriation of returnees.UNHCR said it continues to offer its technical support to both Governments to establish a voluntary repatriation framework in line with international standards, with a view to ensuring that any returns occur in conditions of voluntariness and safety – and in a sustainable manner.The first meeting of the JWG is planned to take place on Monday in Myanmar capital.The two countries are likely to finalize ‘physical arrangements’ in the JWG meeting to start repatriation of Rohingyas.UNHCR offers to help the governments to ensure international standards are contemplated.Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque will lead the Bangladesh delegation at the meeting, an official told UNB.A 14-member Bangladesh is scheduled to leave for Myanmar on Sunday afternoon.UNHCR has been sampling Rohingyas’ views on return.The UNHCR said the biggest challenge to refugee protection is the environment of the camps. UNHCR and partners are working to address the logistical challenges of bringing large amounts of aid.The UN refugee agency said they are concerned about the potential risk of human trafficking and smuggling in the refugee settlements, with some reports from refugees of parents being approached with offers to take their children away and for a better life for women and men through marriage arrangements and jobs.UNHCR said they are developing anti-trafficking awareness materials and working with partners to highlight risks to refugees.In December, UNHCR’s partner Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association (BNLWA) conducted awareness sessions on trafficking for almost 3,000 refugees and 120 community representatives. These efforts will continue in 2018.The UN agency said the significant demands on the humanitarian response for Bangladesh need to be recognised.“The response of the Government and people of Bangladesh has been extraordinarily generous. However, additional support is needed,” it said.UNHCR hoped that the commitment of Bangladesh towards supporting refugees’ immediate needs and finding solutions will continue to be supported by the international community with adequate financial contributions and with other support in 2018.To date, the UN agency said, the support has been encouraging with 85 per cent of UNHCR’s initial appeal for US$ 83.7million received.An inter-agency Joint Response Plan (JRP), covering the period from March to December 2018 is presently being finalised.last_img read more


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first_imgBadiul Alam MajumdarEminent citizens in a joint statement on Monday condemned the recent attack on the residence Badiul Alam Majumdar and demanded immediate punishment of the perpetuators.The residence of Badiul Alam Majumdar, Secretary of civil right organisation Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik came under attack on Saturday.The 38 signatories that include, among others, ex caretaker government advisor M Hafizuddin Khan, eminent jurist Shahdeen Malik, professor Anu Mohammad, Hamida Hossain, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Sheepa Hafiza, and Khushi Kabir, stated that the attack took place after a dinner programme arranged at his home by Badiul Alam on Saturday in honour of outgoing US envoy,news agency UNB reportsAfter finishing the dinner, when US Ambassador Marcia Bernicat was going out from Shujan secretary’s house around 11 pm, a gang of miscreants attacked the envoy’s vehicle and assaulted Badiul Alam’s son Mahbub Majumdar.The attackers also smashed window glasses of his residence and attempted to make force entry into the house.last_img read more


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first_imgKolkata: State Irrigation minister Soumen Mahapatra lashed out at the Centre’s dilly-dallying approach in disbursement of its share of funds for various flood management projects in Bengal.Responding to queries from some MLAs in the state Assembly on Tuesday regarding the steps taken by the state for flood management across the state, the minister said, “the Keleghai-Kapaleswari-Baghai project for flood control in West and East Midnapore is progressing well. As per the sanctioned plan, the share of funds for the entire project of Rs 650.58 crore stands at a 50:50 ratio to be shared by the Centre and state. The state has already spent Rs 340.69 crore for various works under the project, while the Centre has allocated Rs 162.62 crore till date. This apathy in fund allocation on the part of the Centre is delaying work.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the minister, when the project was sanctioned the sharing pattern was agreed at 75:25 by Centre and state. However, some years ago, the Centre for some unknown reasons decreased their share to 50 percent.Mahapatra further maintained that in case of the Kandi master plan for flood management in Murshidabad that involves Rs 438.94 crore, work has started and tender has been floated for work involving Rs 362.86 crore.”The state has already allocated Rs 282 crore for the project, while the Centre, in three phases since 2014, has given a meagre Rs 80.93 crore. We need permission from the Railways for a part of the work. But the nod is taking a lot of time,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe minister also pointed out the Centre’s lackadaisical attitude towards allocation of funds for repair and reconstruction of the dams in Sunderbans that were damaged by Aila in 2009. “The plan that was sanctioned involved Rs 5,000 crore, out of which the Centre has given only Rs 550 crore till date. The state has spent Rs 270 crore and will be spending another Rs 150 crore in this financial year,” he said.The state has plans to reconstruct a 106 km river barrage in the Aila affected Sunderbans by March 2020. The Irrigation department has already made a 72.50 km barrage for flood management. “Even when it comes to construction of check dam over river Karru at Bagmundi in Purulia district to prevent flood, the Centre’s apathy in release of funds is delaying work,” Mahapatra said.It may be mentioned that for Purulia, a part of Junglemahal, the Centre-state share is supposed to be in the ratio of 90:10. “The Centre is releasing funds for the neighbouring state Chhattisgarh which is ruled by BJP, but when it comes to Bengal the fund allocation is dwindling,” the minister said.last_img read more