Shahriar: Bangladesh elected UNHRC member because of experience with rights issues

He said that Bangladesh got the highest number of votes, 160, in the very competitive election because Bangladesh, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, served the UNHRC in the past with much sincerity

In a video message, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam has said the UN member states voted for Bangladesh with an expectation that it will be able to help with its experience in dealing with human rights issues.

“It's (human rights) a sensitive issue. It's (elected a member of UNHRC) a responsibility,” he said Tuesday night.

Alam said Bangladesh will continue to put in its best efforts and play its role in fulfilling the expectations of the UN member states on the human rights front.

The state minister mentioned that Bangladesh got the highest number of votes, 160, in the “very competitive” election because Bangladesh, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, served the UNHRC in the past with much sincerity.

He expressed gratitude to all UN member states for having faith in Bangladesh.

In the previous UNHRC elections, Bangladesh won in 2006, 2009, 2014 and 2018; effectively for all possible terms as per the rules of business of the Council.