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Suu Kyi ‘should have resigned’

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The outgoing UN human rights chief says Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned over the military’s violent campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority last year. Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein told the BBC the Nobel Peace prize winner should have considered returning to house arrest rather than excusing the military. A new UN report says Myanmar’s military should be investigated for genocide. Myanmar has rejected the report as one-sided. The army of the Buddhist-majority nation - which has been accused of systematic ethnic cleansing - has previously cleared itself of wrongdoing.

HRW urges to stop attacks on student protesters, critics

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Instead of prosecuting those responsible for unlawfully attacking student protesters demanding road safety, Bangladesh authorities are arresting students and targeting activists and journalists who are highlighting the abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities should order an immediate investigation into reports that renowned photographer and activist, Shahidul Alam, was beaten while in custody. Alam was detained on August 5, 2018, for criticizing the government and its supporters for targeting students. [caption id="attachment_26946" align="alignleft" width="650"]

UN starts registering Rohingya refugees

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The United Nations(UN)  and the Bangladesh government have started formally registering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, a move that officials say would help their eventual return. More than 700,000 mostly Muslim Rohingya have escaped Buddhist-majority Myanmar since last August, when attacks by Muslim insurgents triggered a military offensive that the United Nations has likened to ethnic cleansing. Myanmar denies the accusations and has said it waged a legitimate counter-insurgency operation. The registration programme started jointly by the United Nations High Commissioner for

Senior citizen cards soon

A playful child on a rickshaw. Dhaka, Bangladesh. May 16, 2007.  (photo)
Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon today said the government will introduce senior citizen cards for the elderly people of the country aiming to ensure their dignified life. "There are 1.30 crore old aged people in the country. We are working to provide necessary A playful child on a rickshaw. Dhaka, Bangladesh. May 16, 2007.  (photo)facilities through providing them senior citizen cards," he told a function in the auditorium of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) at Agargaon in the city, an official release said. ...

Kiwi aid worker heads to help Rohingya

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Caritas Humanitarian Co-ordinator, Mark Mitchell, has just left for Bangladesh to assess the needs of Caritas Bangladesh as they provide aid to individuals and families caught up in the Rohingya refugee crisis, as well as to provide support on emergency response strategies. Violence against Rohingya in Rakhine State escalated to a critical point driving an estimated Rohingya671,500 Rohingya across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Mr Mitchell stresses the complexity of this crisis, “A lasting resolution for Rohingya w...

Being a woman in a developing country

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Despite having female heads of state and many female politicians, Bengali women still struggle to find their role in society, however, as hardworking citizens, it seems like these women are ready to fight for what is rightfully theirs Being a woman has never been an easy task. Even in today’s modern world, where there are many movements supporting women’s rights and developments in women’s lives, there are still many challenges that a woman faces and fight against in her everyday life. These challenges get bigger and harsher especially if you are a woman who lives in the not so lucky part of the