The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling on Bangladesh to urgently address deteriorating human rights conditions, extra judicial killings, enforced disappearances, excessive use of force, anti-union discrimination and violation of including freedom of expression and association.
The regulation passed on Wednesday expressed ‘serious concern at the deteriorating human rights situation in Bangladesh and, in particular, at the on-going crackdown on the freedom of expression and assembly against the media, students, activists, and the opposition; and condemns the fact that people are being arrested and subjected to violence for exercising their freedom of expression to criticise the government; is extremely concerned at reports that the use of torture is becoming endemic.’
It also called on the government to immediately and unconditionally release Shahidul Alam, drop all charges against him, and allow him to continue his legitimate human rights work.
The European Parliament called on the government to conduct independent investigations into reports of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and excessive use of force, and to bring those responsible to justice in accordance with international standards.
It further called on Bangladesh to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and to incorporate its provisions into national law.
It further urged the government to continue to address human rights challenges, and noted that human rights issues would be further discussed at the EU-Bangladesh Joint Commission, to be held in Dhaka in the first half of 2019.
The European Parliament urged Bangladesh to implement the recommendations of latest Universal Periodic Review, particularly in areas such as the independence of the judiciary, civil and political rights, freedom of the media, economic, social and cultural rights, and the rights of women and girls.
It urged the authorities to ease the bureaucratic restrictions they are imposing on humanitarian organisations, and also urged both Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to immediately reconsider the decision to start repatriating Rohingyas.
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