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Our On line voice chat discussion activity. Talk show with United Nation Ambassador for Bangladesh Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen at Tritiomatra Org on 31st of July 2010. ( A joint program of www.tritiomatra.org and Forum for secular Bangladesh and Trial of war criminals of 1971.)

 

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A brief on Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen

Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen was the Chairman of the Business Administration and Economics Department at the Framingham State College, Massachusetts. Until Riyadh was rocked by successive bomb blasts in 2003, he was working there as an American expert (Economic Adviser) under the Saudi Ministry of Finance and National Economy.  Prior to that, he worked as a faculty in the Merrimack College , the Salem State College, the Northeastern University , the University of Massachusetts , Cambridge College and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University . He also worked for the MIT and the World Bank for couple of years.

While in Saudi Arabia , Professor Momen received death threats as he spearheaded a movement against the abuse of Bangladeshi expatriates in the Middle East . In early 1990s, he started a movement to end trafficking of women and children into slave like servitude and due to his persistence plus media and others; abuse of young boys as ‘camel jockey' in the Gulf countries reduced and he repatriated and rehabilitated a few victims. His issue received bipartisan support under the stewardship of U. S. Senator Edward Kennedy and John Kerry plus Congressmen Joe Kennedy II and Barney Frank.

Nearly 154 U. S. lawmakers sent letters to the Gulf governments to end abuse of young boys and Massachusetts lawmakers repeatedly sent letters to the heads of the SAARC government to take corrective actions. He launched a campaign to have a SAARC Resolution and a SAARC Fund for the victims and to create public awareness on trafficking. The Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina raised the resolution at the 10th SAARC Heads of Government Summit in Male and it was approved unanimously.

As the UAE refused to contribute to the Fund as promised, he launched a campaign to cancel Harvard's acceptance of $2 million UAE grant for establishing an UAE Al-Nahiyan Professorship position and was successful. Harvard returned the fund.

Dr. Momen testified before the U.S. Congress and the US Labor Dept in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996 to end Asian Slave trade, to end Sexual Exploitation, to stop Sexual Mutilation of young girls, and also against Child Labor. Important newspapers like the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Eagle Tribune, the New York Times, LA Times, the Christian Science, and weeklies like the Time Magazine, the Newsweek, the Economist, the Lawyers, at al exposed the issue of trafficking and camel jockeys worldwide.  In addition, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, BBC, and major media covered it. Owing to pressure, President Bill Clinton signed two bills into laws that made it a criminal offence to have sexual abuse of minor children or genital mutilation of girls by Americans both home and abroad, and in addition, the U. S. government created an Office of Assistant Secretary of State for Trafficking to report and monitor trafficking of women and children country-wise.  Because of his humanitarian and social works, he received many awards namely, the “Home Town Hero” by the Eagle Tribune, the “Humanitarian Award' by the North America Bangladesh Medical Association and ‘Friend of the Poor' by the Probani, Inc of New York , the ‘Mukto-Gaaner Paki' by the Marupalash, Saudi Arabia. The Bangladesh-America Foundation Inc. of Washington D. C. honored him with its ‘Our Pride' citation in 2004 and the American Women Empowerment group awarded him their ‘Gentleman of the Year' Award in 2007.

Dr. Momen helped in sending nearly $2 million worth of ‘used and usable' medical equipment to Bangladeshi hospitals ( Bangladesh National Institute Hospital and the Diabetes Hospital ) through the American Medical Resources Foundation, Inc. Dr. Momen's efforts to waive the debt-burden of Bangladesh after the Gulf War was approved and the U. S. government was kind to waive substantial debt burden of Bangladesh .  In 1989 after the devastating flood, the Massachusetts State Legislature passed a resolution asking President to help Bangladesh flood victims and the U. S. government sent ‘sea angels' to Bangladesh . In addition, after the Bangladesh Convention in Boston , the Chairperson of U. S. Wage and Means Committee Congressman Chester Atkins that led a session of Bangladesh Flood at the event was successful to allocate $150m to the Bangladesh flood disaster.

Dr. Momen has been a member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in late 1980s and worked as South Asia Advisor of the Dukakis Presidential Campaign in 1988 and also worked for the Kerry campaign in 2004. He was subcommittee Chair of the Harvard's Kennedy School New England Alumni Council and a member of the Amnesty International.  He was the President of the Women & Children International (WCI), Inc., a humanitarian organization of Boston and also President of the Foundation for Eye Hospital , Bangladesh .  He is a Director of the American Anti-Slavery organization and is also involved with the philanthropic institutions like the Teenage Safe Home, Gazipur, the Uthsho, Rayer Bazar, the Home of Joy, Khulna . He is a life member of the New England Islamic Society (USA), the Bangladesh Economic Association, the Jalalabad Association, and the Dhaka University Alumni Association, Dhaka.

He was Co-Chairman of the ‘Committee for Democratic Bangladesh ' (1986-90) in USA and he organized movement for restoration of multi-party democracy in Bangladesh . He was instrument in arranging a Congressional Hearing on Bangladesh in 1988. He is always in the forefront of prodemocracy and humanitarian movements in USA.

Professor Momen is a columnist, a researcher and an activist. He has published over 250 papers and articles both in professional journals as well as in others.  He authored two books and visited all continents and most of the Muslim countries of the world.

Professor Momen was Chairperson of the 3rd FOBANA Convention in Boston in 1989. He was also President of the Bangladesh Association of New England, Boston . Prior to coming to the Harvard University as a Ford Foundation and Mason Fellow to pursue higher education in 1978, he worked in the Bangladesh government service. In 1971 he was captured and tortured by the Pakistani occupation army.  In 1982 he was forcibly retired from Bangladesh government service under Martial Order No. 9 (that has been declared null and void by the Bangladesh High Court) as he opposed military rule.

Dr. Momen has developed an administrative and political management program known as TGS to achieve accelerated development of Bangladesh or developing countries.

Professor Momen has a PhD in economics and an MBA in business administration from the Northeastern University ( Boston ), an MPA in public administration, public policy and international economics from the Harvard University ( Cambridge ), a LLB in Law, an MA in development economics and a BA (Honors) from the University of Dhaka.

He is married and has three children; two daughters; Lamia (24) and Sarah (12) and one son, Rajib Momen (28). He lives with his wife Selina and daughter Sarah Momen.

 

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The UNESCO has proclaimed February 21 as the International Mother Language Day. The proclamation came in the form of a resolution unanimously adopted at the plenary of the UNESCO at its headquarters in Paris in November 1999.

The first International Mother Language Day event was opened on February 21, 2000 in Paris by the Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura who stressed that "by deciding to celebrate mother tongues, UNESCO's Member States wished to recall that languages are not only an essential part of humanity's cultural heritage, but the irreducible expression of human creativity and of its great diversity."

Highlighting the fact that close to 6000 languages are estimated to be spoken in today's world, Mr Matsuura said: "They testify to humanity's astounding ability to create tools of communication, to its perception and reflection. They are the mirror of the souls of the societies in which they are born and they reflect the history of their contacts. In this sense, it could be said that all languages are cross-bred."
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Dear Friends of Tritio Matra: Our country is in distress and millions have been affected, what can we do? In this crisis moment of Bangladeshi we all are trying our level best to help the victims of sidr. We can donate money, but in which organization? Tritio Matra made a research on sincerity of different organizations those are involve with disaster management. and we do recomend following organizations according to their area of works:

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Historical Events

The Proclamation of Indepen-dence was read at the village Baidyanathtola, Meherpur known as Mujibnagar, on 17 April 1971. On this day the first provisional government of Bangladesh took oath here. The Pak army killed several hundred people at village Amjhupi on 18 April 1971.

Mujibnagar: Located at a distance of about 7 km. from the town of Meherpur.

Monument of the War of Liberation

National Memorial Monument : Located at Savar, 35, km. from Dhaka city. The memorial designed by architect Moinul Hossein, is dedicated to the sacred memory of the millions of unknown martyrs of the 1971 war of liberation

Mass grave: Meherpur Government College, Jagannathpur, Kazipur and Tengramari; Mass killing site: Jatarpur, memorial monument at Mujibnagar.

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