PM seeks global support for war crimes trial

Reaffirms Bangladesh’s zero-tolerance policy to all forms of terrorism

Untied News of Bangladesh . New York
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and prime minister Sheikh Hasina exchange views at a programme marking 40 years of Bangladesh’s membership of the UN at UN headquarters in New York on Friday. — Sanaul Haque

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and prime minister Sheikh Hasina exchange views at a programme marking 40 years of Bangladesh’s membership of the UN at UN headquarters in New York on Friday. — Sanaul Haque

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday sought support of the international community to the ongoing trial process of war criminals in Bangladesh for the sake of justice, human rights and the rule of law.
‘The highly transparent, impartial and independent International Crimes Tribunals, Bangladesh, have already completed the trials of a few key criminals who perpetrated heinous crimes against humanity. We look towards the international community’s full appreciation of the aspirations of our people for this long-awaited justice,’ she said.
The prime minister was delivering her speech at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly held at the UN Headquarters. President of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly Sam Kahamba Kutesa chaired the session.
‘To uphold peace and the rule of law and end a culture of impunity, my government remains pledge-bound to bring to justice the culprits of war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape, and genocide committed during our 1971 Liberation War,’ she added.
The prime minister also noted that Bangladesh government maintains a zero-tolerance policy to all forms of terrorism, violent extremism, radicalisation and religion-based politics.
She said the anti-liberation forces continue to remain active in destroying the progressive and secular fabric of the nation as they resort to religious militancy and violent extremism at every opportunity.
Hasina said her government was also entrenching democracy, secularism and women’s empowerment to ideologically defeat terrorism and extremism.
‘We have also significantly enhanced transparency and accountability in governance by strengthening our Election, Anti Corruption, Human Rights and Information Commissions,’ she said.
Noting that sustainable development could not be archived in the absence of durable peace and security since the volatile global security situation continues to pose significant challenges to international development, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh believes that threat to peace anywhere is a threat to the entire humanity.
‘In conformity with our principled position, we continue to express our full solidarity with the Palestinian people in their legitimate struggle for self-determination,’ she said.
Hasina went on saying, ‘We condemn the systematic killing of hundreds of Palestinian civilians, including women and children, by Israel during the recent offensive in Gaza. We seek a permanent solution to this longstanding conflict through the creation of an independent and viable state of Palestine, based on the pre-1967 borders and with Al Quds Al Sharif as its capital,’
About the Post-2015 development framework, she said it must fulfill the aspirations of building an equitable, prosperous and sustainable world where no person or nation is left behind. It must also contribute to a strengthened multilateralism, go beyond national policy space and forge international collaboration.
Hasina said the MDGs had been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. It was due to MDGs that the world witnesses 50 per cent less poverty than it did in 1990, more girls in school, lesser number of children dying and more people having access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
She, however, said the progress has been uneven and unequal within and among countries and regions. ‘Sadly, over 1.3 billion people still live in abject poverty. As we reflect on the new and emerging developmental challenges, eradication of poverty must remain at the centre of the Post-2015 Agenda; and build linkages with all other goals.’
Hasina said the new framework must secure a balance of the three pillars of sustainable development, particularly being mindful of the need for access, unique circumstances and diverse needs of countries like Bangladesh.
She hoped that the future development agenda must meaningfully address the longstanding resource and capacity constraints of the low-income developing countries and respond to the emerging risks and vulnerabilities.
‘Greater resources would be a key to the success of the Post-2015 Agenda. There is a need for a robust and broad-based global partnership, based on the principles of mutual trust and respect, common but differentiated responsibility,’ she added.
The prime minister said Bangladesh would particularly stress on a clear resolve on financing of sustainable development by next year, particularly from the Financing for Development process.
‘While it is encouraging that some of the developed countries have fulfilled their commitment of contributing 0.7 per cent of their GNI and 0.2 per cent of GNI as ODA to the LDCs, most others still remain to fulfil those,’ she added.
At the same time, Hasina said, in a globalised economy the least developed and climate-vulnerable countries like Bangladesh require greater support in respect of the Official Development Assistance, science-technology-innovation and capacity-building.

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