The Rohingya resolution adopted in UN unanimously



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The Rohingya resolution has been unanimously adopted by the United Nations for the first time. Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations, said that this is a reflection of the strong commitment of the international community to resolve this crisis.

The United Nations adopted a resolution in New York on Wednesday (November 17th) entitled "The Human Rights Situation of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim and Other Minority Communities."

The resolution was jointly raised by the OIC and the European Union.

The resolution lauded the generosity and humanity shown by Bangladesh in providing shelter and humanitarian assistance to the displaced Rohingya and its inclusion in the national CoVID-19 vaccine program. The resolution also acknowledges the efforts and investments made by the Government of Bangladesh in relocating a section of Rohingyas from the overcrowded asylum camp in Cox's Bazar to Bahasanchar and for this purpose in building infrastructure and other facilities here. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Bangladesh and the UN Human Rights Commission in this regard was welcomed.

The resolution focuses primarily on the human rights situation in Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim and other minority communities and on the context of the state of emergency imposed on 1 February 2021. The resolution called on Myanmar to fully address the root causes of the Rohingya problem, meet the obligations of the bilateral agreement signed with Bangladesh and extend full cooperation to all UN human rights organizations, including the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Myanmar. The resolution calls for a vigilant eye on the ongoing judicial and accountability process.

It welcomed the newly appointed UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Myanmar and called for an action plan involving Myanmar. The resolution called for the renewal and effective implementation of the Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Myanmar, UNHCR and UNDP to create a conducive environment for the repatriation of displaced Rohingya in Rakhine State.

Ambassador Fatima said that the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina opened the border of Bangladesh for the displaced Rohingyas in 2017 on humanitarian grounds. But it is deeply regrettable that Myanmar's failure to create an environment conducive to the self-motivated, safe and sustainable return of the Rohingya has created long-term problems in Bangladesh. The frustration of the Rohingyas is intensifying due to the lack of progress on repatriation which is creating various security concerns and instability in the region. It is hoped that this year's resolution will serve as an impetus for practical steps to ensure the safe and dignified repatriation of displaced Rohingya to their homeland Myanmar, which will play a significant role in finding a lasting solution to this long-term problem.

This year's resolution is co-sponsored by 108 countries, the highest number since 2017. In addition to the European Union and the OIC, the resolution is supported and co-sponsored by a significant number of countries in various geographical regions, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan and South Korea. 

12 international human rights groups write to UN to exclude RAB



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Twelve international human rights groups have demanded the exclusion of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) from UN peacekeeping missions. 

The agencies have written to UN Under-Secretary-General Jean-Pierre Lacroix. 

The letter was published on the Human Rights Watch (HRW) website on Thursday (January 20). 

The letter was signed by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Asian Federation Against In-Voluntary Disappearances (AFAD), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development or Forum Asia, Asian Human Rights Commission, Asian for Free Elections (Unfrel), Capital Punishment Justice Project, International Federation for Human Rights, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, The Advocates for Human Rights, World Organization Against Torture (OMCT). 

In the letter, human rights groups have accused the RAB of torture, enforced disappearances and other human rights abuses. UN human rights experts have expressed concern about this.

Although the letter was sent on November 8, 2021, the UN peacekeeping operations department has not yet responded to the letter. 

Earlier, on December 10 last year, the United States issued sanctions on seven former and current members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) for alleged human rights abuses. .The sanction  was imposed separately by the US Treasury Department and the State Department on International Human Rights Day.

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Tsunami warning for the coastal area of USA & Japan



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After the volcanic eruption below the South Pacific Ocean floor, a tsunami alert was issued. People have already been told to stay at a safe distance from the coast.

The BBC reports that waves up to 3 meters high in the sea off the coast of Japan and 1.2 meters high in the south of the country have been warned.

Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least two places in the United States.

A tsunami alert was issued in the Pacific island nation of Tonga on Saturday (January 15) following a volcanic eruption.

Footage released through social media showed a church and several houses flooded after a volcanic eruption on the seabed.

The New Zealand national daily, the New Zealand Herald, reported that the country's volcanic mountains, Hunga Tonga and Hunga Hapai, became active on Thursday. The eruption has caused huge waves in the sea.

In addition, ash, gas and smoke from volcanic eruptions have risen up to 20 km above sea level. Volcanic ash has been falling like rain for two days in the capital Nuku'alofa.

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Bangladesh is on the ‘exceptional red list’ of travel policy of Qatar



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Qatar's Ministry of Public Health has included nine countries, including Bangladesh, in the COVID-19 exceptional red list. Qatar will introduce new travel rules for passengers from these countries, which are expected to take effect on Saturday (January 8).

As a result, Bangladeshi passengers will have to face many difficulties in coming and going to the country. However, Bangladesh Civil Aviation said Bangladeshis have nothing to worry about.

Counselor of the Bangladesh Embassy in Qatar Muhammad Mustafizur Rahman said that the country's Ministry of Public Health has put Bangladesh on its website as 'Covid-19-Exceptional Red List Countries'.

As can be seen on the website of the Ministry of Health of the country, there are names of nine countries including Bangladesh in this list. The rest are Egypt, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

An official of Bangladesh Civil Aviation, who did not want to be named, said there was nothing to worry about coming and going from Bangladesh because of the list. This is done to make sure that the Covid protocol is being followed properly.

Qatar had two lists, red and green, based on the risk of Covid-19. Now the country has made an 'exceptional red list' outside of it.

Even if a full dose of the vaccine is taken, Qatari residents will have to be quarantined for two days after returning from the exceptional red list countries, including Bangladesh. The PCR test should be done within 72 hours before landing in Qatar and within 36 hours after arrival.

And non-vaccinated passengers will have to do home quarantine for seven days after arriving in Qatar. In addition to the PCR test within 72 hours of arrival in the country, the test must be done on the sixth day of quarantine. The passenger will be released from the quarantine only on the seventh day if the test is negative. The Ministry of Health has said that no unvaccinated passenger will be allowed to enter the country.

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Even though they are twins, their birth year and month are different!



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Preparations to welcome a new guest into a family begin as soon as it is known while the news comes that twins are coming together, that joy seems to double. There is a lot of curiosity around them.

It is estimated that 3 percent of the world's population is twins. According to medical science, when two sperm fertilize two eggs together, twins are born. In terms of age, they are usually one to 10 minutes older or younger than each other.

Can the birth year of twin children in the womb of the same mother be considered different? Surprisingly, two such babies were born in 2021 and 2022 in Greenfield, California, USA. Residents Fatima Madrigal and Robert Trujillo recently welcomed twin children.

Alfredo, the son of the Fatima-Robert couple, was born on December 31, 2021 at 11:45 pm, according to a report in the Western Daily Mail. Their daughter, Eileen Alfredo, was born 15 minutes later, on January 1, 2022.

Fatima, the mother of Alfredo-Eileen, was overwhelmed by the incident. "Even though my children are twins, their birth dates are different," she said. This is a great thing. Eileen was born on January 1, 2022 and gave me a gift. '

In the United States, 120,000 twins are born each year. But births of twins on different dates or years are rare.

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