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UN team reaches Mongla

UN team reaches Mongla

A UN team reached Mongla in Bagerhat this afternoon on its way to the Sundarbans to assess the extent of damage to the world’s largest mangrove forest due to the oil spillage. The international experts will visit the Sundarbans next morning and will support the ground work in coordination with the government and also...

UN accuses Ukraine forces of torture

The United Nations yesterday released a damning report accusing Ukranian forces and Russian-backed rebels of torturing and indiscriminately shelling civilians in the bloody conflict in the separatist east. The UN estimates the eight-month conflict has killed at least 4,634 and wounded 10,234 people -- although yesterday's survey said "the actual numbers of casualties is likely to be considerably higher." And it said the lives of 5.2 million residents living in the devastated region was deteriorating further with the onset of winter...

Editorial

Human rights day and us

THE United Nations Human Rights Day passed yesterday with a very meaningful message for the whole year. This year's slogan is “Human Rights 365,” which underscores the idea that every day is a human rights day. This is to elevate the routine and ritualistic observance of the day to a solemn and substantive level. By stressing the need for year round commitment to human rights, the UN has put across two important messages: First, the UN agencies and the...

Every day human rights day

Amid growing concerns over abductions of many, allegedly by law enforcers, the country observes the United Nations' Human Rights Day today. The UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950. This year's slogan -- Human Rights 365 -- encompasses the idea that every day is a Human Rights Day. To mark the day, several government and non-government organisations have arranged different programmes, including discussions, rallies and seminars in the capital and elsewhere in the country. Maulik Adhikar Suraksha...

CIA interrogations report sparks prosecution calls

CIA interrogations report sparks prosecution calls

The UN and human rights groups have called for the prosecution of US officials involved in what a Senate report called the "brutal" CIA interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects. A top UN human rights envoy said there had been a "clear policy orchestrated at a high level". The CIA has defended its actions in the years...

UN climate projects for poorest 'feared frozen'

UN climate projects for poorest 'feared frozen'

Hundreds of United Nations-backed projects to help the world's poorest countries cope with the most urgent impacts of climate change have not been acted upon, the BBC has learnt. Many of these were proposed years ago and may have to be abandoned. Experts and officials from the world's 48 least developed countries say lack of...

POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

No time for another Copenhagen

THE twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Lima, Peru over the next twelve days, marks well over two decades of global negotiations to tackle the problem of human induced climate change. Significantly for me, it is also the twentieth time I will be attending a COP; each time I go with hope for a significant agreement -- a hope which is sometimes fulfilled and sometimes...

High risk of Ebola spread, warns UN

High risk of Ebola spread, warns UN

The United Nations Ebola mission chief has said there is still a "huge risk" that the deadly virus could spread to other parts of the world. Anthony Banbury was speaking to the BBC in Freetown, the capital and one of the worst-affected areas of Sierra Leone. Banbury declined to say if targets he had set...

Bangladeshi scientist Qadri named member of high-level UN panel

Bangladeshi scientist Qadri named member of high-level UN panel

Bangladeshi scientist Firdausi Qadri has been named as a member of a high-level panel which will advise the UN chief on the organisational and operational aspects of a proposed Technology Bank and Science, Technology and Innovation Supporting Mechanism dedicated to the least developed countries (LDCs). A prominent immunologist, Qadri is director at Centre for...

Give Rohingyas citizenship

The United Nations has adopted a resolution urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority, ramping up pressure on Naypyidaw to scrap a controversial identity plan. The measure was adopted on Friday by consensus in the General Assembly's rights committee following some wrangling with countries from the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which had sought stronger language. The resolution expresses "serious concern" over the plight of the Rohingya in Rakhine state, where 140,000 people live in squalid camps...

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