Dhaka: The human rights situation in Bangladesh will be reviewed tomorrow Monday (November 13) under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The Awami League government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going through this review for the fourth time.
This review will be held in Switzerland’s capital Geneva at 3 pm Bangladesh time on Monday (November 13).
Bangladesh’s high-level delegation will be led by Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Haque at the UPR meeting. The delegation will include officials from various ministries of the government, including the secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Department, Ministry of Labor and Employment, Ministry of Social Welfare and Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Ministry/Department.
The delegation will highlight the various steps taken by the Bangladesh government in the human rights situation of the developing countries in the last four years and answer various questions in this regard.
The UPR is held every four years to review the human rights situation of UN member states. Bangladesh participated in the UPR for the first time in 2009. After that participated in 2013 and 2018.
In this review, the human rights of 14 countries including Bangladesh will be reviewed. 47 countries of the United Nations Human Rights Council are members of the UPR Working Group. Apart from this, any of the 193 member states of the United Nations can participate in this review if they wish.
Bangladesh will not respond to human rights organizations in this review if they present any information or report on rights. The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said that the rights proceedings have been suspended. Court review pending. They filed a petition in court for renewal which was also dismissed. If any human rights organization presents any information citing rights, we will completely disown it and we are not obliged to respond to it.
He said, ‘But the same thing through another they may represent it. We will take it in good spirit. If it is in the light of our constitution, in the light of our social and religious ideology (religious ideals), then we will definitely discuss.’