Human rights situation in Bangladesh: Dhaka expresses its “utter disappointment” at adoption of a resolution by the European Parliament

Human rights situation in Bangladesh: Dhaka expresses its “utter disappointment” at adoption of a resolution by the European Parliament


European Parliament adopts resolution on “Human rights situation in Bangladesh”

The Government of Bangladesh has expressed its “utter disappointment” at the adoption of a resolution by the European Parliament earlier today on “Human rights situation in Bangladesh, notably the case of Odhikar”.

The timing and language of the joint motion, the government says, tabled by some political groups in the European Parliament, for making judgemental comments over sub-judice matters and a court verdict on two ‘Odhikar’ officials delivered today in Dhaka is reflective of their intention of interfering into the independent judiciary of a sovereign state.

The independent judiciary of Bangladesh continues to ensure that judicial proceedings are conducted openly and fairly, and that the rights of the parties are fully respected. Bangladesh judiciary decides matters before them based on evidence and in accordance with the law, without any restrictions, influences, inducements, pressures, threats or interferences, direct or indirect, from any quarter or for any reason.

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The Government of Bangladesh is appalled by the favouritism, reflected in the European Parliament’s resolution, to ‘Odhikar’ – a non-compliant and politically biased entity with proven record of circulating misinformation, and an accomplice of vested quarters that promote terrorism and violent extremism.

Mr. Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of ‘Odhikar’, was appointed Deputy Attorney General by BNP-Jamaat Government and worked in that capacity for five years from 2001 to 2006.

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