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Gaza: The role of Bangladesh as UNPO leader

Bangladesh as UNPO

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organisation. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.

Although the aspirations of UNPO Members differ greatly, they are all united by one shared condition – they are not adequately represented at major international fora, such as the United Nations. As a consequence, their opportunity to participate on the international stage is significantly limited, as is their ability to access and draw upon the support of the global bodies mandated to defend their rights, protect their environments, and mitigate the effects of conflict

BREAKING all international laws, Israel continues to carry out its genocide against the civilian Palestinian population in Gaza. As the world watches with shock and horror, the United Nations has merely condemned the Israeli assault and questioned the disproportionate use of lethal weaponry on an unarmed population which cannot leave Gaza as it is sealed off from the rest of the world and, according to BBC, “there is no safe place in Gaza.” The international community seems to be powerless to stop this Israeli massacre.

Sadly enough, the world community expects the UN, the very body which created this monster in violation of its own Human Rights Charter in 1948, to effectively contain Israel and try Israeli leaders for crimes against humanity. Since the British occupation of Palestine in 1917, followed by the systematic implementation of the infamous Balfour Declaration by the British Mandatory authorities for the creation of a Jewish homeland under the auspices of the League of Nations, no Zionist leader has been brought to justice for crimes against humanity in Palestinian lands.

Bangladesh, although much neglected in world affairs, can indeed play an important role in influencing the United Nations Security Council to bring this brutal assault of Israel to an immediate end along with the economic blockade imposed on Gaza since the last eight years. Bangladesh, as a leading contributor to the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPO), can pull out its contingent with immediate effect in response to the complete failure of the UN to stop Israel from committing this heinous crime against the civilian population of Gaza. Through its participation in the UN Peacekeeping missions in the different parts of Africa and the Middle East, Bangladesh has been tacitly condoning and participating in wars initiated and waged by the Western imperial powers ostensibly in the name of promoting democracy, secularism and open societies but in actuality for the control of natural resources and economic trade routes.

Bangladesh should be strong in voicing that International Law is very clear; resistance to occupation is the legitimate right of the victims of occupation. With the failure of the UN to implement its resolutions calling upon Israel, the occupier, to withdraw from all occupied territories and to recognise the rights of the Palestinian people, the Palestinian struggle is a just struggle. It is a struggle for freedom and justice against domination and aggression carried out by the most lethal weaponry that the present world possesses.

 

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Fact : Israel has rejected international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, a government source said on Friday, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said no formal proposals had yet been put forward.
Mediators hope that a truce could come into force ahead of a Muslim festival that starts early next week, but they have struggled to resolve seemingly irreconcilable demands from Israel and Hamas-led fighters, locked in conflict since July 8.

As diplomacy faltered, the fighting raged on.

Gaza officials said Israeli strikes killed 55 people on Friday, including the head of media operations for Hamas ally Islamic Jihad and his son. They put the number of Palestinian deaths in 18 days of conflict at 844, most of them civilians

UN tribunal puts an end to 40-year-old India-Bangladesh maritime dispute

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?Overcoming a 40-year-old maritime border dispute? In the case of India and Bangladesh, it appears to be possible. The Arbitration Tribunal on the India-Bangladesh Maritime Delimitation delivered its ruling on 7th July 2014. The Tribunal was set up under the … read more

Indo-Bangladesh coastal shipping trial run to start by Oct 14

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Next US ambassador to Bangladesh calls for dialogue

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Illuminate Energy Poverty- Bill Gates

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Bangladesh gained in sea border verdict: expert

India-Bangladesh sea border

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Success stories of Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla)- 5 years data

Bangladesh Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation (Petrobangla)

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Mozena and the reception by Bangladesh Advocacy Group

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Tripura Welcomes Bangladeshi Investor

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Bangladesh-Sri Lanka trade and investment ties make major strides

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Stalemate Over Garment Factory Safety in Bangladesh

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Sushma Swaraj Visit to Bangladesh Teesta, Land Boundary took vital issue – India Bangladesh Relation

Minister Sushma Swaraj meets Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday returned home after her maiden standalone overseas tour to Bangladesh with an understanding that she has made an “excellent beginning” in addressing each others’ concerns in the spirit of good neighbourliness. Ms Swaraj … read more