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Bangladesh fails to address rights issue at UPR, says HRW

Sayeed Muhammad: The Bangladesh delegation to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) failed to respond to pressing human rights concerns in the country, according a latest release of the Human Rights Watch (HRW).
Law Minister Anisul Huq, representing the government, highlighted only what it considered to be positive steps and glossed over concerns about critical issues such as enforced disappearances, secret and arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killings, and a crackdown on freedom of speech and association, reads the statement published yesterday.Bangladesh should show its commitment to human rights by giving full consideration to recommendations from other countries and accepting those that would significantly improve its compliance with international human rights standards, The Daily Star reports referring to the release.
“Bangladesh needs to stop ignoring and start addressing serious human rights violations, such as when its security forces engage in enforced disappearances, killings, torture, and arbitrary arrests, many of them politically motivated,” said Brad Adams, Asia director of the global right body. “The Bangladesh government should use the Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council as a time for reflection, not self-congratulation.”

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