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EU expresses concern over Khaleda’s health, Digital Security Act

  • Published at 07:11 pm June 10th, 2019
Khaleda Zia
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia outside the special court that convicted her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case at Bakshibazar in Dhaka Dhaka Tribune

Delegation to visit Rohingya camps, hold talks with Myanmar  

EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore has expressed concern over the health of jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

“I honour the High Court verdict against Khaleda Zia, but I am concerned about her health,” Gilmore said during a meeting with Law Minister Anisul Huq at the minister’s residence at the capital’s Gulshan on Monday.

The meeting was organized to discuss issues related to Rohingya refugees, extrajudicial killings, and the imprisonment of Khaleda Zia. Later, journalists were briefed over the outcome of the meeting.

 Law Minister Anisul Haq said the country’s courts have ordered Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment as per the law and the high court extended the jail term. 

“The government has nothing to do here,” he added.

The EU special representative said the EU wants to play a positive role in the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, and also expressed concern over the Digital Security Act and extrajudicial killings in the country.

Talking to the law minister, Gilmore raised issues regarding labour right, digital security act and the Nusrat murder case.

“The European Union attaches great importance to the freedom of expression and freedom of the media. Our concern is that the digital security act has to be placed in that context that to what extent the digital security act infringes the freedom of expression and freedom of media,” he said. 

On the Rohingya issue, Gilmore said: “We have already provided quiet a lot of assistance in particular levels, diplomatic levels and also financial support through a humanitarian arm. The EU delegation will visit the Rohingya camps soon. The situation in Cox’s Bazar and the issue of the Rohingya repatriation will be part of the formal dialogue which the EU will hold with Myanmar later this week.”

“It is a matter of great concern for us,” the envoy said on extra-judicial killings.

In reply, the minister said law enforcement agencies are trying to identify those responsible and will bring them to justice. 

Saying violence against women, particular levels of domestic violence has been a matter of enormous concern for the EU, Gilmore also said it was the first time that an EU delegation had visited Bangladesh on human right issues.

In this context Anusul Haq said, “We assured the EU that such case of human rights violations will be solved as soon as possible.”