October 16, 2019

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina On Cover Diplomat Magazine

Diplomat Magazine unveils its cover story edition on Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the Mother of Humanity.

The launching of the special issue took place in The Hague on Thursday 12 September 2019.

Diplomat Magazine unveiled its latest cover story “Sheikh Hasina: The Mother of Humanity” on 12 September 2019 in The Hague. The new edition was introduced to members of The Hague-based diplomatic corps, international media, think-tanks, business and political personalities, in a simple ceremony at Crowne Plaza Promenade.

Diplomat Magazine launches new edition with PM Sheikh Hasina, over 30 ambassadors attended.

Ambassadors of China, Malaysia, Rwanda, Indonesia, Vietnam, Iran, Republic of Korea, Uzbekistan, State of Palestine, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, Angola, Tanzania, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Holy See, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, and Ecuador; Charge d’ Affaires, a.i. of the Russian Federation, Georgia, Argentina, Panama, Suriname and Azerbaijan; and representatives from the Embassies of the USA, Kenya and Poland joined the occasion.

Publisher of the Diplomat Magazine, Dr. Mayelinne De Lara and Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal along with the participating Ambassadors introduced the edition to the audience.

Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal, while thanking the Diplomat Magazine for their cover story on Hon’ble Prime Minister’s unique face dedicated to humanity, highlighted to the audience how the world came to know Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the ‘Mother of Humanity’ after her bold decision to open Bangladesh-Myanmar borders for the fleeing persecuted Rohingya people from Myanmar’s Rakhine State and thereby saving thousands of lives. 

H.E. Sheik Mohammed Belal, with Diplomat Magazine new issue. The cover page featuring Prime Minister of Bangladesh, the Honorable Sheikh Hasina.

The Ambassador also explained how Bangladesh government has been extending all sorts of humanitarian assistance including shelter, food, healthcare, water and sanitation, etc. to the persecuted Rohingya people solely on humanitarian ground despite numerous challenges to the economy, ecology and security of Bangladesh.

The Ambassador appealed to the international community to come forward to facilitate early repatriation of the displaced Myanmar residents to their homeland in Rakhine with safety, dignity and basic rights in a time-bound manner and also to eliminate the culture of impunity for the sake of a durable solution to the protracted Rohingya problem. 

Please read here below the Introductory Remarks by H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands at the Diplomat Magazine Event

“Dr. Mayelinne De Lara, Publisher, Diplomat Magazine

Excellencies, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen,

At the very outset, I would like to express our profound gratitude to the Diplomat Magazine for the cover story on “Sheikh Hasina: The Mother of Humanity” on the magazine’s September 2019 Issue.

You all might be aware that the world came to know Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as the ‘Mother of Humanity’ after her bold decision to open Bangladesh-Myanmar borders for the fleeing persecuted Rohingya people from Myanmar’s Rakhine State. By doing so, Bangladesh Prime Minister demonstrated a unique example the world has ever seen. 

The systematic persecution by the Myanmar security forces and local vigilantes on the Rohingya people in the Rakhine State of Myanmar has resulted fleeing of over a million Rohingya people to Bangladesh. The exodus of Rohingya people following the events of 25 August 2017 in the Rakhine State,which the world came to term as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” led to the fastest displacement crisis in the history of mankind. 

The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in coordination with international agencies, has been extending all sorts of humanitarian assistance including shelter, food, healthcare, water and sanitation, etc. to the persecuted Rohingya people since their entry into Bangladesh solely on humanitarian ground. 

It is true that the persecution of Rohingya people has generated multi-dimensional and multi-layered crisis for Bangladesh ranging from economic, security, environmental, social, and political. Despite numerous challenges to our economy, ecology and overall societal rubrics, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s decision to shelter the persecuted Rohingya people emanates from humanity alone.

Ambassador Belal and Dr De Lara showing PM Hasina cover page.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Bangladesh has been making sincere efforts towards an early repatriation of the displaced Myanmar residents to their homeland in Rakhine with safety, dignity and basic rights in a time-bound manner for a durable solution of the problem.

However, Myanmar must demonstrate political-will through decisive actions with comprehensive participation of the international community to permanently resolve the crisis, particularly in line with the recommendations of the Kofi Annan-led “Advisory Commission on Rakhine State” and Bangladesh Prime Minister’s proposal of creating a non-military and civilian ‘safe zone’ in the conflict affected areas of Myanmar in order to ensure safety and security and usual living of all civilians irrespective of their ethnic or religious identity. Myanmar should also cooperate with international community to eliminate the culture of impunity for the sake of a durable solution to the protracted problem. 

Ladies and gentlemen,

If you could imagine what would have happened to the persecuted Rohingya people had Bangladesh opted the policy of closed borders and push back of refugees, the world would have witnessed the death of thousands of persecuted Rohingya people. Unique to her courage and humanitarian compassion, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina decided to save the lives of thousands of forcibly displaced Rohingya people.

I thank you all.”

Published by The Daily Star https://www.thedailystar.net/country/news/dutch-magazine-runs-cover-story-sheikh-hasina-1800322

Published by Dhaka Tribune https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/foreign-affairs/2019/09/15/netherlands-based-diplomat-magazine-runs-cover-story-featuring-hasina

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