2 Bangladeshi NGOs share the glory

Two Bangladeshi organisations shared the glory of Nobel Peace Prize 2017, bagged by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for its campaign against nuclear weapon.

The Center for Bangladesh Studies (CBS) and Physicians for Social Responsibility Bangladesh (PSRB) are among the 468 partners of ICAN from 101 countries.

The ICAN describes itself as a coalition of grassroots nongovernment groups from more than 100 nations, including Bangladesh. It began in Australia and was officially launched in Vienna in 2007.

The CBS, a nonprofit organisation, is a multidisciplinary research, advocacy and public education institution. Formed in 2013, it became an ICAN member the following year. It has been conducting research on different social issues, arranging seminars and publishing books and journals.

With the support of ICAN, the CBS published a Bangla book titled Keno Paromanobik Ostro Ekhone Nishiddho Howa Uchit  (Why should nuclear weapons be banned right now) in 2014.

Social media pages of the CBS were flooded with greetings after the announcement of Nobel Peace Prize yesterday.

Arup Rahee, general secretary of CBS, said his organisation always campaigned for peace and decided to work against use of nuclear weapon.

In fact, the CBS is against use of all types of nuclear technology, Arup told The Daily Star.

He congratulated the Bangladesh government for signing the nuclear disarmament treaty.

The PSRB also conducts campaign against use of nuclear weapon.

Kamrul Hasan Khan, president of PSRB, said the Nobel prize was a huge encouragement for them and others who work for nuclear disarmament.

“There are threats of war from around the world. We have seen nuclear deterrence and tension between countries like India and Pakistan. In this context, recognition for the campaign [ICAN] has inspired us,” he said.

“We want a weapon-free peaceful world,” said Kamrul, also the vice chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

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