Bangladesh’s UN envoy Rabab Fatima has said Bangladesh is deeply committed to the principles of human rights and fundamental freedoms which is reflected in the engagements with the human rights mechanisms of the UN.
She made the remarks while addressing at the UN General Assembly debate on the report of the Human Rights Council on Friday (Oct 29).
She appreciated the efforts of the Human Rights Council (HRC) for keeping the Rohingya issues high on its agenda and for adopting a consensus resolution in its 47th session.
Fatima, who is the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Headquarters in New York, also acknowledged the role and work of the Special Rapporteur and the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar.
She called upon the Council to continue its efforts to ensure safe, voluntary and dignified life for the Rohingya, free from discrimination and persecution in their homeland in Myanmar.
Welcoming the adoption of the resolution by the Council to ensure equitable, affordable, timely and universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, Ambassador Fatima called upon the Council to address the socioeconomic impacts of Covid including rising inequalities.
She also raised concern as the countries from the developing south are not gaining equitable and timely access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Ambassador Fatima welcomed adoption of the resolution on climate change and human rights. She urged the Council to pay enhanced attention to the climate induced displacement which is a major concern for climate vulnerable countries including Bangladesh.
Ambassador Fatima also expressed concerns at the disproportionate impacts of COVID on women and girls. “We are worried that the closure of schools in many developing countries has increased school dropouts, and placed girls at a higher risk to early marriage, violence and abuse.”
She called for renewed attention of the Council for preserving the progress made in the field of gender equality and women empowerment by fighting the impacts of the pandemic.
The Ambassador also urged the Council to promote mutual trust and confidence between the its mechanisms and the member states and advance human rights compliance in a collaborative manner.
The President of the Human Rights Council Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan presented the report of the Council to the General Assembly on Friday (Oct 29).