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Bangladesh: facts and figures, January - August 2012

25-09-2012 Facts and Figures

Between the beginning of January and the end of August 2012, the ICRC:

  • collected and distributed 40 Red Cross messages containing family news, in conjunction with the Bangladesh Red Crescent. The ICRC and the National Society also facilitated the exchange of 77 verbal messages between Bangladeshis detained abroad and their families back home and assisted with the repatriation of six Bangladeshi nationals from abroad and of two Nepali citizens to their country;
  • worked with the  Bangladesh Red Crescent to distribute clothing and hygiene kits to foreign detainees in Bangladesh;
  • provided training and technical assistance, thereby helping 385 disabled patients to access physical-rehabilitation services at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed, and produced 480 orthotic devices and 20 artificial limbs for 284 patients in all;
  • supported the Bangladesh Red Crescent in carrying out a series of awareness-raising campaigns to put an end to the misuse of the red crescent emblem;
  • pursued dialogue with the Bangladesh Armed Forces to encourage them to include international humanitarian law in their training curriculum;
  • ran four sessions to raise awareness of international humanitarian law among 253 commissioned and non-commissioned officers of the Bangladesh Armed Forces;
  • ran eight sessions to foster a better understanding of international humanitarian law and human rights law, with an emphasis on the basic principles on the use of force and firearms, for 342 members of the Bangladesh Police Service and 93 members of the Rapid Action Battalion;
  • organized four sessions on international humanitarian law and human rights law, with an emphasis on the basic principles on the use of force and firearms, for 200 members of the Border Guard Bangladesh;
  • promoted international humanitarian law in academic circles by running three teacher-training programmes for more than 100 participants as well as a meeting for deans and heads of department of 23 law faculties, and by sponsoring five participants – lawmakers, government officials, academics and members of the armed forces – to attend regional conferences and training sessions on the subject;
  • pursued dialogue with the authorities for the accession, ratification and implementation of IHL-related treaties in domestic law.