Bangladesh's humanitarian role lauded at UN Human Rights Council


15 May, 2018 11:50 AM

Bangladesh's humanitarian role lauded at UN Human Rights Council

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The international community has highly appreciated the remarkable humanitarian role of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in providing shelter to the forcibly displaced Rohingyas and continuing humanitarian assistance to them at the 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Human Rights records of Bangladesh. 

The member-states of the UN also commended Bangladesh for its efforts in promoting and protecting human rights for all, said a press release received here yesterday.

The 3rd Cycle of UPR for Bangladesh was held at the 30th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva today. Law Minister Anisul Huq led the Bangladesh delegation at the programme. 

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, Mohammad Shahidul Haque, Senior Secretary, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division, Ambassador Shameem Ahsan, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva and representatives from various ministries, division and agencies participated in the session. 

In his opening remarks, the law minister highlighted Bangladesh's achievements in promotion and protection of human rights and socio economic advancements, which have been achieved under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. 

A total of 107 countries took the floor and praised Bangladesh's endeavors in fulfilling its human rights commitments. They also put forward recommendations for continuing the initiatives in many areas.

Bangladesh's comprehensive and informative national report submitted in February 2018, which was prepared through extensive and periodic consultations with relevant stakeholders, has been widely acclaimed. 

The member states at the Human Rights Council highly praised Bangladesh's constructive engagement with the UN Human Rights mechanism particularly with the UPR process.

Bangladesh's remarkable social and economic progress over the last decade, especially in the field of women empowerment, social security, health, sanitation, education for all, usage of ICT etc have been well recognized by the member states during their interventions. 

A report on Bangladesh's UPR will be finalized on May 17, 2018, containing recommendations made by the member countries yesterday.