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Universal Periodic Review 30: Bangladesh

This UK statement was delivered during the 30th session of the Universal Period Review during the discussion of Bangladesh's Human Rights Record on 14 May 2018.

The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva
The Universal Periodic Review takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The UK welcomes Bangladesh’s generous response to the Rohingya crisis and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s answer to the Prime Minister’s Call to Action on Modern Slavery.

But, Bangladesh remains a Human Rights Priority Country for the UK. Allegations of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances are deeply concerning.

Pressure on freedom of expression by government action and broader societal pressures on freedom of religion or belief are areas Bangladesh should address.

We recommend:

  1. Increase labour inspections and take action against individuals and organisations that subject migrant workers to forced labour, and human trafficking.

  2. Protect freedom of expression and assembly in media, politics and religion, and work with Civil Society to address concerns including in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

  3. Work with Civil Society to develop a roadmap to implement Human Rights Council resolution 16/18 on combating religious intolerance.

Published 14 May 2018