The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) lauded the role of Bangladesh in providing shelter and continuing the humanitarian assistance to around one million Rohingyas who fled their homes in Myanmar.
The appreciation came at the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of human rights records of Bangladesh during the 30th session of the UNHRC in Geneva on Monday.The member states of the UN rights body also commended Bangladesh for its efforts in promoting and protecting human rights for all.
Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Anisul Huq led the Bangladesh delegation at the session, said a press release.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, Senior Secretary of the Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division Mohammad Shahidul Haque, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to UN in Geneva Ambassador Shameem Ahsan, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque also participated in the session.
Referring to Bangladesh’s achievements in promotion and protection of human rights, Anisul Huq said 107 countries took the floor and praised Bangladesh’s endeavours in fulfilling its human rights commitments. They also put forward recommendations for continuing the initiatives in the future.
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, according to the press release.
The member states also made various recommendations to continue Bangladesh’s good practices in upholding the human rights and strengthen efforts in few areas such as accountability of law enforcement agencies, protecting freedom of expression, eliminating child marriage, addressing human trafficking, capacity building of national institutions, and removing discriminations by enacting anti-discrimination act.