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EU concerned about freedom of expression in Bangladesh

Update : 11 Nov 2015, 07:39 PM

European Union (EU) yesterday expressed its concern over the freedom of expression in Bangladesh, hoping that the matter will be investigated.

Acting Managing Director of the Asia and Pacific Department of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Ugo Astuto said EU is aware of reports about the recent killings of foreign nationals and bloggers.

“We are concerned over the freedom of speech, governance, democracy and human rights situations in Bangladesh,” he said at a joint press briefing after the Joint Economic Commission meeting in the city.

“We would hope that the government will ensure freedom of expression of the country’s civil society and give protection to the free thinkers,” he said.

In reply to a question on the involvement of ISIS with the recent killing of foreign nationals,  Astuto said it is under investigation and we don’t know about the result of the investigation.

Additional Secretary (Europe wing) Abul Masnur Md Faizullah denied the existence of ISIS in Bangladesh and said the government is determined to bring the perpetrator under trial.

However, EU has expressed its satisfaction over trade and business environment in Bangladesh and promised to provide additional trade facilities.

As a least developed country (LDC), Bangladesh now enjoys the benefits of most favoured nation under the Everything But Arms (EBA) arrangement.

Under the EBA, 48 LDCs, including Bangladesh, are getting duty-free and quota-free access to the EU for their all products, except arms and ammunition.

Faizullah said EU assured to continue its support for the development of Bangladesh. “EU is providing support in strengthening democratic governance, food and nutrition security, and education and skills development.”

They also assured to provide support to implement multi-annual indicative programme for 2014–2020, EU key principles and directions, the Seventh Five-Year Plan and Sustainable Development Goals.

EU laid importance on development cooperation programmes with Bangladesh in the area of ongoing programmes related to water, waste, energy, environment, social infrastructure, transport, development of small and medium enterprises and higher education.

 The meeting also discussed some important issues, including the government’s new economic development initiatives like the blue economy and capacity building for efficient project management.

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