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IRC, Bangladesh Annual Report 2023

Since 2017, we have been serving the most persecuted minorities in the world - the displaced Rohingya community who have taken refuge in Bangladesh. This crisis has become a protracted one and is impacting adversely in the lives of nearly 1.5 million Rohingya and the surrounding host communities in Cox's Bazar. We are responding with all our resources to improve our clients' health, education, protection, and skills so that they become resilient, resourceful, and capable of rebuilding their lives with the hope of a better future. Along with the Rohingya cris...

BANGLADESH: States must call out violations of civic freedoms at upcoming UN review

Bangladesh's human rights record is going to be reviewed at the 44th session of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 13 November 2023.  CIVICUS and AHRC submitted a stakeholder submission for the UPR in April 2023 where our organisations highlight a range of issues. Out of the 29 recommendations Bangladesh received during the previous cycle of the UPR related to civic space, it has only partially implemented one, says a press release of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

BD seeks Japanese investment in joint economic dialogue

Bangladesh today invited Japan to invest here, especially in Maheshkhali Economic Zone, assuring them of providing all kinds of cooperation from the government. The invitation was made at the 5th Japan-Bangladesh public-private joint economic dialogue held online, said a press release of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Md. Tofazzel Hossain Miah led the Bangladesh delegation, while HIRAI Hirohide, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) led the Japan delega...

Bangladesh in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage committee for 4 years

Bangladesh has been elected to UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for four years, according to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. The country was elected to the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO 2003 Convention for Safeguarding of the ICH for the 2022-2026 cycle. This is the first time that Bangladesh has been elected to the Intergovernmental Committee formed under the 2009 Convention, said Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen Thursday. The elections for the committee took place during the 9th General Assembly of the 2003 Convention held at UNESCO headquarters in France's Paris during July 5-7. Against the four seats falling vacant within the Asia-Pacific group, Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, and...

Orientation on adolescent, youth friendly healthcare services at Bandarban

A 3-day orientation session on adolescent and youth-friendly healthcare services was completed at the Mother and Child Welfare Center in Bandarban on the initiative of Our Lives, Our Health, Our Futures (OLHF) project. The session started at 10 am on May 17, 2022 and ended on May 19. The Orientation Session was attended by 43 participants including Medical Officers, Sub-Assistant Community Medical Officers of Health and Family Planning Departments of District & Upazila Level, and Family Planning Officers of Bandarban Sadar, Rowangchhari, Thanchi Upazila.

BD most competitive wage market among Asia, Oceania

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Dhaka Country Representative Yuji Ando today said Bangladesh has the most competitive wage and potential domestic market among the Asia and Oceania areas. The JETRO Dhaka chief said this while handing over a certificate to Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong Customs House Salahuddin Rizvi Mohammad at Chittagong Customs House in front of Chittagong Customs Commissioner M Fakhrul Alam for successful completion of a four-month training programme for fiscal year 2021-22, said a press releas...