UNHRC urges govt to deal with extrajudicial actions
Abrar Hussain: UN High Commis-sioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein yesterday urged Bangladesh for greater engagement with respect to human rights, reports The Daily Star.
“I encourage greater engagement, particularly with respect to concerns about the shrinking space for civil society, and allegations of extrajudicial actions by the security forces,” he said during the opening statement at 38th session of the Human Rights Council.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called the access to human rights mechanisms regarding the Rohingya refugee crisis as ‘commendable and extensive’, adding that in terms of assessing human rights situation in Bangladesh itself,” it has more than 10 outstanding requests for visits by mandate holders.”
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also condemned Myanmar’s lack of appropriate action on investigating allegations and prosecuting alleged perpetrators of well-organized, widespread and systematic attacks on Rohingyas in the Rakhine State.
“Although Myanmar has stated that it will investigate allegations and prosecute alleged perpetrators, its actions to date have not met minimal standards of credibility or impartiality.”
He also reiterated that no Rohingya “repatriation should occur in the absence of sustained human rights monitoring on the ground, in the areas concerned.”