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Executive magistrates won’t get judicial power: Law minister

Executive magistrates won’t get judicial power: Law minister

As per relevant laws, there is no scope to provide judicial power to the executive magistrates, Law Minister Anisul Huq said today. The minister, however, said the government may provide power to the mobile courts to try and punish people for the offences related to drug and gambling. The government will amend the relevant laws if the home ministry takes initiatives in this regard, he said. Huq was talking to reporters after attending a session of deputy commissioners’ conference at Secretariat. The law minister said the government will issue a circular prohibiting...

World Refugee Day

Unresolved conflicts leading to prolonged displacement

AROUND the world, conflicts force large numbers of people to flee within or across national borders. In 1971, the Bangladeshi Liberation War created the largest refugee flow in the world and at the time no one knew how long the situation would last. Fortunately, the Bangladeshis could return home in less than a year, but many other refugees remain displaced for decades. Today, for the first time in the post-World War II era, more than 50 million people remain forcefully...

Root causes of Rohingya crisis lie in Myanmar

Root causes of Rohingya crisis lie in Myanmar

The Daily Star (TDS): While the Rohingya plight came to the spotlight in 2012, UNHCR has been involved in this for a very long time. What is the UNHCR's role in dealing with the Rohingyas residing in Bangladesh? Stina Ljungdell (SL): For the past decades there has been movement by Rohingyas to Bangladesh; they...

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...

UN concerned Rohingya excluded from Myanmar census

UN concerned Rohingya excluded from Myanmar census

The UN agency helping Myanmar carry out its first census in decades said it was "deeply concerned" members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim population were not being counted, accusing the government of going back on its word. In village after village in the sectarian-torn state of Rakhine, enumerators were asking households to identify their...

FIRST CENSUS IN DECADES

Myanmar bars name 'Rohingya'

Myanmar bars name 'Rohingya'

Enumerators fanned out across Myanmar today for a census that has been widely criticised for stoking religious and ethnic tensions, after the government denied members of a long-persecuted Muslim minority the right to identify themselves as "Rohingya". And administrators in some parts of the country — including rebel controlled areas in Kachin and Wa...

For a successful Bimstec

WITH the ending of the third Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) Summit at Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw, one observation is starkly noticeable, that the special interest of regional diplomacy is attracting more countries by the day. But turning Bimstec into an effective regional cooperation has a precondition, and that is the strength of bilateral relations in particular. It is smooth, undisputed and friendly relation between member countries. It is better displayed through taking actions on...

Rohingya Discrimination

Report says it is state policy

Report says it is state policy

A report released yesterday alleges that the Myanmar government has in place official policies that deny Rohingya Muslims the same rights as others in the country, including population control measures and restrictions on their movements. Released by Fortify Rights, a Southeast Asia-based human rights organisation, the report also highlights other discriminatory policies applied to...

Myanmar Buddhists killed more than 40 Muslims: UN

Myanmar Buddhists killed more than 40 Muslims: UN

At least 48 Muslims were killed when Buddhist mobs attacked a village in an isolated corner of western Myanmar earlier this month, the United Nations said Thursday, calling on the government to carry out a swift, impartial investigation and to hold those responsible accountable.

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