Bangladesh Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said that parliaments could play an important role in upholding human rights and ensuring rule of law all over the world.
“It is quite possible to raise awareness through parliamentary diplomacy about protecting human rights and ensuring rule of law at national, regional and international levels,” she said.The Speaker was addressing the general debate — “Strengthening International Law: Parliamentary Rules and Mechanism and the Contribution of Regional Cooperation” — of the 141st IPU Conference held in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.
Dr Chaudhury said there is no alternative but to establish the rule of law and ensure human rights and fundamental rights to make democracy effective.
IPU President Gabriela Cuevas, its Secretary Martin Chungong and Serbian Parliament Speaker and IPU conference president Maja Gojkovic also spoke at the function.
Other members of the Bangladesh parliamentary delegation Deputy Speaker Md Fazle Rabbi Miah, Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury Liton, Whip Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapon, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Industries Amir Hossain Amu, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Commerce Tofail Ahmed, parliament members Md Habibe Millat, Fahmi Gulandaz Babel, Abdus Salam Murshedi, Pir Fazlur Rahman, Suborna Mustafa and Shabnam Jahan, Senior Secretary of the Parliament Secretariat Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan and Bangladesh Ambassador to Italy Abdus Subhan Sikder took part in the meet.
A total of 80 speakers, 60 deputy speakers and 1,500 representatives from 140 countries took part in the IPU conference.
Addressing a separate programme, the Speaker said, “The economic empowerment of the women in Bangladesh is now visible.”She made the comments when her Serbian counterpart and IPU conference president Maja Gojkovic made a courtesy call on her at IPU’s venue Sava Center in Belgrade on Monday night.
The Speaker said women empowerment has also made it possible to achieve 8 percent growth rate in Bangladesh.
“Women development and women empowerment in Bangladesh have set a unique example in the world,” said Serbian parliament Speaker Ms Maja Gojkovic during the meeting.
Earlier, Bangladesh parliamentary delegation member Abdus Salam Murshedy, MP, addressed a session on ‘The Role of Parliamentarians in Enhancing National Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention’ at the 141st IPU conference.