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UNHRC adopts draft report on Bangladesh human rights review

  • Published at 11:38 pm May 18th, 2018

The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review adopted the report at its meeting held in Geneva

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has adopted the draft report on the human rights review of Bangladesh with a number of recommendations like ensuring fair polls, and a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders.

The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review adopted the report at its 17th meeting held in Geneva on Thursday.

All the recommendations made in the report reflect the position of the submitting State(s) and/or the State under review.

They should not be construed as endorsed by the Working Group as a whole, according to the UN office in Dhaka. 

Japan recommended that Bangladesh ensure a free, fair, and inclusive general election, and increase efforts to strengthen democracy.

Norway recommended that human rights defenders, journalists, and civil society have a safe and enabling environment.

South Korea recommended taking steps to halt forced disappearances, extra-judicial killing, and ensure freedom of expression in media, politics, and religion.

The US suggested amendment to the Bangladesh Labour Act and Export Processing Zone Labour Act, in consultation with workers and employers, to ensure the provisions on freedom of association conform to international labour standards.

Germany suggested steps to end impunity by conducting thorough investigations and criminal prosecutions of human rights violations and abuses against human rights defenders, journalists, bloggers and LGBT.

Established in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, the working group held its 30th session from May 7 to 18. 

The review of Bangladesh was held at the 10th meeting, on May 14. The delegation of Bangladesh was headed by Law Minister Anisul Huq.