Govt giving outmost priority to protecting human rights: Bangladesh to EU

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 18:05, May 11,2017


Law, justice and parliamentary affairs minister Anisul Huq has said the government is putting utmost priority to ensuring rights of the people, including women and girls, in the country.

He said this during his separate meetings at the European Parliament and European Commission respectively in Brussels on Wednesday.

During the meetings, he briefed the European Union on issues related to human rights, labour rights and political situation in Bangladesh.

The European Union, a ‘trusted partner’ of Bangladesh, has expressed its keen interest to have even stronger ties with Bangladesh having more engagement in the days to come.

Member of European Parliament of the European parliamentary committee on human rights Cristian Dan Preda; and European commissioner for migration, home affairs, citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos conveyed this when the law minister and state minister for foreign affairs Md Shahriar Alam met them separately.

In the context of labour rights, in particular freedom of association, the law minister apprised his EU counterparts that the draft EPZ law has been withdrawn from the parliament for further review, in consultations with all stakeholders.

Both Preda and Avramopoulos highly appreciated such initiatives by the Bangladesh government, foreign ministry said in Dhaka on Thursday.

Anisul briefed MEP Preda about the significant development that happened in terms of protecting human rights as well as law and order situation in Bangladesh since his visit early 2015.

Preda recalled his visit to Bangladesh in February 2015 and emphasised deeper engagements among the parliamentarians on both sides.

He also referred to the positive views expressed about overall situation in Bangladesh by the MEP delegation, who visited Bangladesh in late March 2017.

Bangladesh ambassador to Belgium and EU Mohammed Shahadat Hossain and DG (Europe) Mohammad Khorshed A Khastagir, among others, were present in the meetings.

The state minister thanked the EU for extending support for electoral reform in Bangladesh to modernise the election process.

The Bangladesh side also briefed about the formation of the new Election Commission, under the guidance of the president, after wide ranging consultations with all stakeholders, including opposition parties outside the parliament. 

MEP Preda happily accepted an invitation by the Bangladesh delegation for a visit to Bangladesh, along with his colleagues from the European Parliament.

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