Rohingyas must go home to Myanmar: HPM Sheikh Hasina tells UN Human Rights chief

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday reiterated her call to Myanmar to take back home the country's more than one million Rohingya nationals from their temporary shelter in Bangladesh. "The Rohingyas are the nationals of Myanmar and they have to be taken back," the prime minister told the visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mich...

Bangladesh-Denmark enters new chapter of cooperation marking 50yrs of diplomatic relations

A new chapter of cooperation on multilateral sectors of mutual benefits that included energy and technology between Bangladesh and Denmark has started marking the 50 years of diplomatic relations between the countries. The observation came when visiting Crown Princess of Denmark Mary Elizabeth Donaldson and Danish Minister for Development and C...

UN will continue its support to Bangladesh on Rohingya issue: Mia Seppo

UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo on Tuesday said the United Nations (UN) will continue its support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue. She made the remark while making a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganabhaban. Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters afte...

Happy with Bhasan Char facilities: Rohingyas tell visiting foreign diplomats

Rohingyas, now living in Bhasan Char, has interacted with visiting foreign diplomats and expressed their willingness to return to their homeland, Myanmar. They conveyed their "high satisfaction" over the existing facilities in Bhasan Char, which they considered safe, secured and crime-free compared to the congested camps in Cox's Bazar. The Ro...

United Nations to continue to stand with Bangladesh in addressing the Rohingya crisis: SG Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General (SG) Antonio Guterres has reaffirmed that the United Nations (UN) will continue to stand with Bangladesh and mobilize international support to collectively address the Rohingya crisis. He also assured that the UN has renewed its advocacy and support in the Rakhine state and would continue to engage with Myanmar towards crea...

Bhasan Char, a custom built residential area for the Rohingyas equipped with all civic facilities

Sayed Ullah, one of the Rohingyas landed in Bhasan Char on Friday, could not hold his feelings of extreme happiness seeing all the facilities there and kept calling relatives back in Cox's Bazar camps to join the next batch. "Alhamdulillah. We are extremely happy. I had never imagined that such a beautiful place is waiting for us with so many f...

Bhasan Char: 4-layer protection for key island

Just about the size of Cumilla town, the island of Bhasan Char in Nokhali's Hatiya sub-district has four layers of protection from natural disasters like cyclone. The young island emerged out of steady sedimentation in 2006 and currently boasts a spanking new modern settlement that could accommodate 100,000 Rohingyas. Bangladesh government had...

UN to raise 1971 Genocide issue in international forum

The United Nations (UN) will raise the issue of Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh in 1971 in the international forum, visiting UN Under Secretary-General and Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng said on Sunday. “Though some countries may oppose, we will raise the issue of Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh during the liberat...

ASEAN to be more engaged in Rohingya repatriation: Indonesian FM to Prime Minister

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be more engaged in the repatriation of the Rohingya people from Bangladesh. Visiting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L. P. Marsudio informed this today when she paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiya Sangsad office here this evening. After the meeting, PM&rsq...

IOM assures full support to Bangladesh in Rohingya repatriation

Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing said IOM would extend all-out support to Bangladesh for repatriation of the displaced Rohingyas to Myanmar. The IOM DG gave the assurances in a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office here on Monday. William Lacy Swing led a six-member delegati...

UN Sec-Gen meets HPM Sheikh Hasina: Assures more pressure on Myanmar

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the UN is pressuring Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis. The UN chief and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her offices in Dhaka on Sunday as part of their trip to Bangladesh. Guterres said there should be more pressure on Myanmar to make them understand w...

OIC must maintain pressure on Myanmar to take Rohingyas back: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Urging the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to stand firm by the distressed Rohingyas, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the organisation must have to maintain international pressure on Naypyidaw to take back their nationals as it has agreed with Bangladesh for their safe return. Pointing out the message of Holy Prophet Muhammad (P...

Commonwealth expresses solidarity with Bangladesh over resolving Rohingya issue

The Commonwealth leaders have expressed solidarity with Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue and demanded justice for the persecution of the minority group in Myanmar. “Heads expressed full solidarity with the Government and the people of Bangladesh affected by the influx of more than a million Rohingya from Rakhine State in Myanmar,”...

HPM Sheikh Hasina receives 'Medal of Distinction' for helping Rohingyas

Lions Clubs International has decorated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with the 'Medal of Distinction' in recognition to her services for the needy and distressed, particularly forcibly displaced Rohingya people. "Visiting Lions Clubs International President Dr Naresh Agarwal decorated the prime minister with the medal when he paid a courtesy cal...

HPM Sheikh Hasina to Strait Times: Myanmar should honour its promise on Rohingyas

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar continue to trickle into Bangladesh and are a heavy burden on the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said as she pressed Yangon to honour its promise to repatriate them. PM Hasina flew back to Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon, curtailing her first official visit by a day after a Bangladeshi passenger plane ...

HPM Sheikh Hasina expects Italy visit to mount pressure on Myanmar

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has described her recent visit to Italy and Vatican City as very successful particularly in mounting increased pressure on Myanmar for speedy repatriation of the Rohingyas. "In overall consideration, I think my visit to Italy and Vatican City is very successful and fruitful," she told a crowded press conference ...

HPM Sheikh Hasina for Vatican’s support to resolve Rohingya crisis

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her call to the international community, including Vatican City, to keep up pressure on Myanmar so that it is forced to take back its nationals from Bangladesh. In a meeting with Secretary of State of Vatican City Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the premier said the root of the problem lies in Myanmar, so th...

HPM Sheikh Hasina seeks sustained Swiss, global pressures on Myanmar

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has renewed her call to Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis implementing the Kofi Annan Commission Report, simultaneously seeking intensified global pressures on Naypyidaw as she held bilateral talks with visiting Swiss President Alain Berset.  "We have discussed the Rohingya crisis during bilateral talks wi...

Germany, Sweden and EU extend support to Bangladesh on Rohingya issue

Germany, Sweden and the European Union extended their strong support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue. They also highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her great humanitarian gesture of sheltering tens of thousands of forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh. The support and appreciation came when German Foreign Minister Sigm...