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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

UK should self-examine before advising others on human rights, democracy: Momen

The Daily Star
Star Digital Report
Mon Jul 12, 2021
 
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen. File photo

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has suggested that the UK pay attention to its position before advising others on human rights and democracy.

"They should look at themselves in the mirror before advising others. If they cannot improve their situation, they should stop this practice," he said in response to queries from reporters at his ministry today regarding the UK's global report on Human Rights and Democracy of 2020.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Media freedom in Bangladesh under “pressure”, political freedom “restricted”: UK

UNB
UNB NEWS
DHAKA
JULY 08, 202

The United Kingdom (UK) has said media freedom in Bangladesh is under “pressure” while political freedom “remained restricted”.

In its latest report titled "Human Rights and Democracy Report 2020", the UK said there was no overall improvement in the human rights situation in Bangladesh in 2020.

The UK government said it will continue to address governance and human rights concerns in Bangladesh through diplomatic engagement and development programming.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Bangladesh abstains from voting against Myanmar

Prothom Alo 
Prothom Alo English Desk
Published: 20 Jun 2021, 
The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at United Nations headquarters during the 75th annual UN General Assembly high-level debate in New York, US, on 21 September 2020Reuters


The UN General Assembly on Friday took a rare step of calling on member states to “prevent the flow of arms” into Myanmar, which is a part of a non-binding resolution condemning the military coup in the violence-wracked country.

The resolution -- which did not go so far as to call for a global arms embargo -- also demands that the military “immediately stop all violence against peaceful demonstrators,” reports Reuters.

It was approved by 119 countries, with 36 abstaining including China, Myanmar’s main ally. Only one country, Belarus, voted against it. Bangladesh also abstained from voting.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Aid cuts ‘to leave 100,000 refugees without water’

Morning Star
SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2021


PM faces rebellion after launching £4bn raid on overseas budget


TORY foreign aid cuts will leave 100,000 refugees without water and devastate health services for the world’s most vulnerable, campaigners have warned.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was slammed by MPs on all sides for his decision to temporarily reduce foreign aid from 0.7 per cent of national income to 0.5 per cent, breaking a 2019 manifesto committment in the process.

The government claimed that the reduction was reasonable given the economic disruption caused by the pandemic.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

UK accused of ‘abandoning’ Rohingya with ‘catastrophic’ 40% aid cut

The Guardian
Kaamil Ahmed
Fri 21 May 2021

Children in overcrowded Cox’s Bazar settlement likely to suffer most from reduced humanitarian spending, say campaigners

Campaigners have warned of a ‘lost generation’ of children if funding targets for the response in Myanmar are not met. Photograph: Kazi Salahuddin Razu/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

The government has been accused of abandoning Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh after cutting aid to the humanitarian response by more than 40%.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) pledged £27.6m to the humanitarian sector’s joint response plan launched this week, compared with £47.5m last year.

International aid for Rohingya in Cox's Bazar camps declines

AsiaNews.it
05/20/2021

Bangladesh is concerned about funding cuts to the refugee aid programme for Muslims who fled Myanmar. Donor conference comes up with only 35 per cent of what is required. UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi tells donors not to take for granted the host community’s patience, asks Asian donors to step up to the plate.

Dhaka (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued an appeal this week to fund the 2021 Joint Response Plan destined for Rohingya refugees in Bangladeshi camps. So far this year, funding is down.

Friday, April 16, 2021

UK stresses Sundarbans’ protection, assures support over Rohingya repatriation

Financial Express
FE Online Report 
Published: April 14, 2021

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, British state minister for Foreign Affairs for South Asia and the Commonwealth, has underscored the importance of protecting the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest, from the adverse impacts of climate change.

He made the observation during a discussion with Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Indonesia says UK backs ASEAN push for Myanmar crisis resolution

REUTERS
Reuters Staff
APRIL 7, 2021

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The United Kingdom will support Southeast Asian countries in efforts to resolve the crisis in Myanmar, Indonesia’s foreign minister said Wednesday, after talks with her visiting British counterpart.
FILE PHOTO: Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi delivers her speech during a press briefing with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 10, 2020. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana/File Photo


Indonesia is among several countries leading a push for high-level talks between leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Myanmar, where nearly 600 people have been killed in a crackdown on demonstrators opposing a Feb. 1 coup.

“We discussed... how the international community, including the UK could support the ASEAN effort to help Myanmar in resolving this situation,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in a news briefing after talks with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

U.S. and Britain blacklist Myanmar military-controlled companies

Brinkwire
JONATHAN EDWARDS 
MARCH 29, 2021


WASHINGTON, March 25 – The United States and Britain imposed sanctions on conglomerates controlled by Myanmar’s military on Thursday, following the generals’ Feb. 1 coup and deadly crackdown, with Washington calling it a response to “abhorrent violence and abuses.”

The U.S. Treasury department said its sanctions targeted Myanma Economic Holdings Public Company Ltd (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation Ltd (MEC).

Britain imposed similar sanctions on MEHL, citing the Myanmar military’s serious human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

US and UK ratchet up sanctions on Myanmar's military

 B B C
BBC News
Tim McDonald
26 March 2021

The US and UK have imposed sanctions on Myanmar's two military conglomerates in a move that significantly ratchets up pressure on the country's leadership.

Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) and Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd (MEHL) control significant portions of Myanmar's economy, with interests across many of the country's major industries.

The US Treasury has now added the two companies to a blacklist, freezing any assets they have in the US and banning US individuals and businesses from trading with them.

The UK has imposed sanctions on MEHL.

"These actions will specifically target those who led the coup, the economic interests of the military, and the funding streams supporting the Burmese military's brutal repression," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. "They are not directed at the people of Burma.

Friday, March 26, 2021

U.S. and Britain blacklist Myanmar military-controlled companies

REUTERS
Reuters Staff


WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States and Britain imposed sanctions on conglomerates controlled by Myanmar’s military on Thursday, following the generals’ Feb. 1 coup and deadly crackdown, with Washington calling it a response to “abhorrent violence and abuses.”

FILE PHOTO: Firecrackers explode as protestors take cover behind a barricade during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer



The U.S. Treasury department said its sanctions targeted Myanma Economic Holdings Public Company Ltd (MEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation Ltd (MEC).

Britain imposed similar sanctions on MEHL, citing the Myanmar military’s serious human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

US, EU, Britain Impose Sanctions on Chinese Officials Over Uyghurs

VOA News
Updated March 22, 2021
European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell speaks to media before a EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, on March 22, 2021.


The United States, the European Union and Britain have imposed sanctions on several Chinese officials for human rights abuses against the Muslim Uyghur minority in China’s Xinjiang province.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. sanctions were taken in solidary with U.S. allies.

“As part of their actions today, our partners also sanctioned human rights abusers in connection with the atrocities occurring in Xinjiang and other countries,” Blinken said in a statement Monday.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

UK announces further sanctions against Myanmar generals

StarTribune
Associated Press
FEBRUARY 25, 2021


LONDON — Britain announced further sanctions Thursday against members of Myanmar's military for their part in the coup that ousted the country's elected government.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said six more top generals face sanctions for serious human rights violations, in addition to 19 others previously listed by the U.K.

The new round of sanctions targets Myanmar's State Administration Council, which was set up following the coup to exercise state functions. The measures immediately ban the generals, including Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, from traveling to Britain and will prevent U.K. businesses and institutions from dealing with their funds or economic resources in Britain.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Myanmar coup latest: UK slaps new sanctions on Min Aung Hlaing

NIKKEI ASIA
Nikkei staff writers
February 22, 2021

Military supporters confront residents in Yangon; ASEAN eyes 'informal' talks
A protester in Mandalay holds a placard with the face of Myanmar's military commander in chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. © AP


YANGON/BANGKOK -- On Feb. 1, Myanmar's military detained State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint in the country's first coup since 1988, bringing an end to a decade of civilian rule.

The Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy had won a landslide in a general election last November. But the military has claimed the election was marred by fraud.

For all our coverage, visit our Myanmar Coup page.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Rohingya family living in UK: 'We have to hold the military accountable for its atrocities'


Asian Image
Muhammad Khan
@MUHASSANKHAN
13th February 2021
Rohingya family living in UK: 'We have to hold the military accountable for its atrocities'


A Rohingya family now living in the UK have spoken of their experiences and the atrocities carried out by the Burmese military. They also told of life in a refugee camp.

Sirazul Islam, 21, was born in a camp in Kutupalong, Bangladesh and lived there till the age of eight before coming to the UK. He currently lives with his family in Bradford.

The world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s bazaar in Bangladesh is home to one million Muslim Rohingya people. The Rohingya are commonly referred to as the most persecuted minority in the world.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

UK stands by Bangladesh on Rohingya issue: envoy

The Daily Star 
City Desk
January 29, 2021


IUB holds daylong event

A daylong event titled "Rohingya: City on the Hill" was held at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) on its Bashundhara campus in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Global Studies and Governance Program of the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at IUB organised the programme that highlighted humanitarian and repatriation challenges in Bangladesh since Rohingyas influx, said a press release.

British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson was the chief guest at the inaugural session. He said the UK remains beside Bangladesh in addressing Rohingya-related challenges.

Friday, January 1, 2021

The UK should join the ICJ case against the Myanmar genocide

ARAB NEWS
Dr. Azeem Ibrahim
December 31, 2020

Rohingya refugees fleeing genocide in Myanmar cross into Bangladesh on September 10, 2017. (Shutterstock image)

The ongoing case on behalf of the Rohingya people at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Myanmar for genocide has been initiated and championed by the small nation of The Gambia and has broken new ground in international law for being the first case of its kind brought by one UN country against another. In truth, all signatories to the UN Genocide Convention have the ability, and indeed the moral responsibility, to prosecute the crime of genocide wherever it may occur. And the UK should lend its full backing to the action by The Gambia.

This step seems to have become more likely with over 100 members of parliament signing a letter addressed to the government that the UK should be joining the legal action led by The Gambia. Among the signatories is the former UK Foreign Secretary, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, which lends further weight to this initiative.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Rights groups urge UK to join Rohingya case at ICJ

AA
Büşra Nur Bilgiç Çakmak
ANKARA
12.12.2020

Human rights bodies ask UK to follow Canada and Netherlands to join genocide case against Myanmar at ICJ
 
FILE PHOTO - Source: official website of the ICJ
 

International human rights organizations on Friday urged the UK to support the genocide case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

“In September, the Netherlands and Canada said they were planning to make a formal intervention in the case. We now urge the British government to also throw its weight behind the case,” said the statement issued by the human rights groups including the European Rohingya Council and Free Rohingya Coalition.

The groups added that it was becoming clear that the Myanmar government has no intention to follow the provisional measures set out by the court.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

World briefs: Rohingyas shipped to lone island; EU, U.K. trade deal talks are ‘paused’; Saudis: End to Qatar boycott ‘in reach’; Bus goes off bridge in Brazil, killing 14

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

COMPILED FROM NEWS SERVICES
Decenber 5,2020


Authorities in Bangladesh on Friday sent the first group of more than 1,500 Rohingya refugees to an isolated island despite protests by human rights groups.

The 1,642 refugees boarded seven Bangladeshi naval vessels in the port of Chittagong for the trip to Bhashan Char, according to an official.

After about a three-hour trip, they arrived at the island, which was once regularly submerged by monsoon rains but now has flood protection embankments, houses, hospitals and mosques built at a cost of more than $112 million by the Bangladesh navy.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

UK Pledges to Support 860,000 Rohingya Refugees Amid Controversial Policies at Home

Global Citizen 
Nov. 3, 2020 

While UK aid is doing tremendous good abroad, refugee policies at home need work.



In recent months, there have been UK government proposals to build a floating wall in the English Channel to keep out migrant dinghies, install water cannons that create waves to push away refugee boats, and create offshore detention camps on islands thousands of miles away.

The UK has hardly thrown its arms open to refugees in 2020. Indeed, asylum seekers are perhaps more likely to be met with war ships than welcome banners. It’s led to Global Citizen launching a campaign urging people to write to their MP, asking them to offer safe passage.
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