UN to raise Bangladesh’s 1971 genocide in int’l forum
The prime minister discussed the subject with visiting UN Under Secretary General Adama Dieng
The United Nations (UN) will raise the issue of genocide in Bangladesh during 1971 in the international forum, visiting UN Under Secretary General and Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng told Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Though some countries may oppose, we will raise the issue of genocide in Bangladesh during the Liberation War in the international forum,” he said on Sunday while paying a courtesy call to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in Dhaka.
The PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
The prime minister recalled that the Pakistani occupation forces launched the genocide in Bangladesh on March 25 in 1971.
She said: “Over three million people were killed and 200,000 mothers and sisters violated by the Pakistani occupation forces and their local collaborators.”
In this regard, Sheikh Hasina said the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman rehabilitated the women who were violated during the Liberation War.
UN wants repatriation of the Rohingyas
The press secretary said the prime minister and the UN under secretary general discussed the Rohingya issue as well.
He said Adama Dieng described Myanmar’s atrocities on the Rohingyas as genocide and renewed the UN’s strong support to Bangladesh on the issue.
Adama Dieng said: “The perpetrators of the genocide must be brought to justice.”
The UN under secretary general urged the international community to put more pressure on Myanmar to bring back its nationals from Bangladesh.
He also said: “Bangladesh cannot solve the (Rohingya) problem alone and the international community should mount more pressure on Myanmar to solve it.”
Adama Dieng said the UN wants repatriation of the Rohingyas to their homeland of Rakhaine state, and a peaceful and inclusive society builds up there.
The UN under secretary general praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for giving shelter to over one million Rohingyas in Bangladesh.
He said: “You have opened the door widely for the Rohingyas.”
In this connection, the prime minister said the Rohingyas outnumbered the local people of Cox’s Bazar.
PM Hasina said: “As a result, the local people are suffering a lot.”
Highlighting various steps for the welfare of the Rohingyas, Sheikh Hasina said the government is developing an island named Bhasan Char for their temporary shelter.
The prime minister thanked the international community for extending their helping hand on the Rohingya issue.
Women empowerment and female world leaders
Adama Dieng mentioned outstanding leadership of three female leaders in the world, highlighting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, German Chancellor Angela Markel and New Zealand Premier Jacinda Ardern, the press secretary said.
He said the UN under secretary general praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for ensuring women empowerment in the country.
“You are a symbol of women empowerment,” the press secretary quoted Adama Dieng as telling the premier.
The UN under secretary general hoped that Bangladesh will achieve sustainable development goals like MDGs under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Adama Dieng also remembered Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman terming him as a man of peace.
“You are materializing Bangabandhu’s dream,” he told the prime minister.
On women empowerment issue, the prime minister said Islam empowered women.
“I visited the entire country to ensure women empowerment which progressed a lot. We also put much emphasis on women education,” she said.
About the massacre in two mosques in Christchurch of New Zealand, the prime minister said the members of Bangladesh National Cricket Team narrowly escaped the carnage.
While talking about the issue of terrorism and militancy, she said few incidents took place in the country, but the government firmly tackled them.
The prime minister said the government is exchanging views with the cross section of people including teachers, students, public representatives, religious leaders to create mass awareness against the menace of terrorism and militancy.
In this connection, both the prime minister and the UN under secretary general praised the steps of the New Zealand PM Ardern after the massacre of Muslim worshippers at Christchurch.
Chief Adviser of Save and Serve Foundation and MP Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizbhandari, PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman and Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin were present at the meeting.