বৃহস্পতিবার, ০৯ এপ্রিল ২০২০, ০৯:৪১ পূর্বাহ্ন
The High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet acknowledged Bangladesh’s proven track record as a trusted partner of the United Nations and recognized it’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals as well as the government’s commitment to uphold the rule of law. She commended the Government’s efforts in hosting the forcibly displaced Rohingyas despite scarcity of resources. The High Commissioner profusely lauded, in particular, the Government for allowing education for the Rohingya children.
Michelle Bachelet made this comment during a meeting with the visiting State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam in Geneva, Switzerland yesterday.
State Minister said, Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is committed to strengthen the roots of democratic norms, rule of law and respect for human rights in Bangladesh. ‘Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, struggled for a secular and pluralistic society and, as we are celebrating his birth centenary, we have the opportunity to reflect on his values and ideals’ he added.
Following up on the recent engagements at the high political level, the State Minister reiterated Bangladesh Government’s willingness to continue to work closely. Referring to the High Commissioner’s comment on Bangladesh during her recent global round up in the ongoing session of the Human Rights Council, he highlighted the risks associated when UN bodies use unconfirmed information. In order to avoid exaggeration, he urged the UN human rights chief to verify information received from alternative sources.
Bachelet accepted the State Minister’s invitation to visit Bangladesh in the context of the Mujib Year.
The State Minister was in Geneva in connection with the launch of the ‘Joint Response Plan for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis’. He also met the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Tuesday.