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UN to review Bangladesh’s HR record Monday

  • Published at 12:50 pm May 14th, 2018
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Bangladesh’s first and second UPR reviews took place in February 2009 and April 2013 respectively

Bangladesh’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) working group for the third time on Monday.

The delegation of Bangladesh will be headed by Law Minister Anisul Huq.

Bangladesh is one of the 14 states that will be reviewed by the UPR working group during its upcoming session taking place from May 7 to 18, according to UN office in Dhaka.

The UPR working group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Bangladesh on May 17.

The country under review may wish to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during their review.

The recommendations will be shared with the media on this day in advance.

Bangladesh’s first and second UPR reviews took place in February 2009 and April 2013 respectively.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: national report - information provided by the state under review; information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.

The UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN member states.

Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member states have been reviewed twice within the first and second UPR cycles.

During the third UPR cycle, states are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews which they committed to follow-up on, as well as to highlight recent human rights developments in the country.

Representatives of Rwanda, Afghanistan and Ukraine will be serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Bangladesh.