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Geneva

New role for Latifur

New role for Latifur

Latifur Rahman, vice-president of International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh and chairman of Transcom Group, has been elected member of the executive board of the Paris-based ICC for a three-year term starting in July. ICC at its 202nd council held in Geneva on June 27 unanimously elected Rahman and five others as its executive board members, the chamber said in a statement yesterday. ICC provides a forum for businesses and other organisations to examine and better comprehend the nature and significance of the major shifts taking place in the world economy. It...

Illegal Migration

UNHCR worried about abuse of boat people

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed concern over the rising abuse of people who have sailed from Myanmar and Bangladesh through the Bay of Bengal aiming at illegally migrating to other countries. The UNHCR welcomed Bangladesh government's initiative to make a 'list' of the estimated 200,000 to 500,000 unregistered Rohingyas in Bangladesh. "We hope the exercise will be carried out in accordance with international standards and that it will result in access to documentation, assistance and justice...

S Lanka to implement UN demands except probe over 'war crimes'

S Lanka to implement UN demands except probe over 'war crimes'

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said Sri Lanka is in the process of implementing all demands made by the sponsors of the UNHRC resolution against it except for allowing an international probe into alleged human rights violations during the last phase of the war with the LTTE. The assertion was made by the Sri Lankan President during a meeting on Friday with Seiji Kihara, Japan's Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs. Rajapaksa told the Japanese minister, “Please tell this truth to rest of the world. Except for an international inquiry we are in the process of implementing all other demands made by sponsors of the Resolution.” The President's office quoted Kihara as saying...

Ukraine Crisis

Violence shatters Easter truce

Violence shatters Easter truce

Pro-Kremlin rebels in east Ukraine yesterday appealed for Russian "peacekeepers" to sweep in after a deadly gunfight killed at least two of their militants, shattering an Easter truce and sparking "outrage" in Moscow. But the Western-backed authorities in Kiev claimed the violence was a set-up by Russia to create a pretext for it to...

Dhaka seeks int’l support to solve Rohingya crisis

Dhaka seeks int’l support to solve Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh has sought cooperation of the international community for the implementation of its National Strategy to address the issue of undocumented Myanmar nationals here.   Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, now in Geneva, conveyed the request while briefing the international community on the Bangladesh National Strategy to address the issue of undocumented Myanmar nationals. The Foreign...

Sri Lanka claims moral victory

Sri Lanka claims moral victory

Sri Lanka yesterday tried to claim a moral victory and insisted it would push on with reconciliation efforts after being censured by the UN's top rights body for failing to bring perpetrators of war crimes to justice. The US-initiated resolution was carried at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Thursday with 23 votes...

Rana Plaza Compensation

Primark to give away $9m this week

British clothing retailer Primark will start paying compensation to the Rana Plaza victims within this week. The retailer will disburse $9 million to 580 workers (or their dependants) of New Wave Bottoms, one of the five garment units that were housed in the ill-fated Rana Plaza building. “The payment will be met in full, in cash, directly by Primark and will amount to some $9 million,” the retailer said in a statement yesterday. Primark is giving away the compensation only to the...

Syria Crisis

Mortars, shots hit Homs aid convoy

Mortars, shots hit Homs aid convoy

The Syrian Red Crescent yesterday said vehicles delivering aid in besieged districts of the central city of Homs were fired on and that one driver was wounded. Meanwhile the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that two residents of besieged Homs were killed in the shelling attack, and several wounded including a media...

UN's Catch-22 at Montreux

WE are closely following the United Nations-backed international peace conference on the future of Syria, called Geneva 2, being held at the Swiss city of Montreux. By rescinding Iran's invitation to participate in the conference, failing to hold a dialogue based on a mutual topic, and by acting on principles of an incomplete communique, Geneva 2, literally has all the characteristics of a Catch-22 situation. Basically, the idea of political transition—the key Geneva communiqué article in question—is an end goal...

Syria opposition to attend peace talks

Syria opposition to attend peace talks

Syria's main political opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), has agreed to attend next week's so-called Geneva II peace talks, to be held in Montreux, Switzerland. US Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the decision, taken at talks in Istanbul, calling it "courageous".

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