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UN: Human rights action must lead to real changes in Bangladesh

  • Published at 10:37 pm February 10th, 2019
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UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo speaks at a seminar titled ‘Bangladesh and Human Rights’ at InterContinental Hotel in Dhaka on Sunday, February 10, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

She said the new government has clearly committed itself to preventing any attempts to violate human rights, which is in line with its obligations under the human rights treaties

UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo said human rights action must lead to real, tangible changes in the lives of people in Bangladesh.

She made the remark while addressing a seminar titled “Bangladesh and Human Rights” at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Dhaka on Sunday. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen also spoke at the inaugural session of the seminar as chief guest.

Seppo said: "If we all work on it jointly in partnership, it can be done. Because that is what human rights for all is all about: progress through action, impact, and change."

As trusted partners of the government of Bangladesh, Mia Seppo said UN agencies remain committed to working with all stakeholders in society who contribute in good faith to effective human rights action at global, regional, national, and local levels.

Seppo said the United Nations in Bangladesh will always welcome renewed public commitment to respect for human rights at seminars such as these.

She said without anticipating the outcome of the event they also look forward to supporting concrete action by all partners in this country.

"We will support continuing engagement in areas where there is a commendable track record, and new leadership by Bangladesh on critical human rights issues. This may include national action by the recently-constituted government, and international action, as a recently-elected member of the Human Rights Council," said Seppo.

She said the new government has clearly committed itself to preventing any attempts to violate human rights, which is in line with its obligations under the human rights treaties.

"There is also a supported Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendation relating to investigations into alleged extrajudicial executions, disappearances, arbitrary arrests and torture or ill-treatment," said the UN Resident Coordinator.

Seppo said any impunity must be overcome, and any such serious human rights violations prevented.

The seminar ended on a promising note - a commitment to an action plan on UPR and treaty body follow up. Seppo later tweeted: "We welcome this commitment and stand ready to support."