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EP rezoliucijos

Bangladesh, including child marriages

The European Parliament adopted by 557 votes to 23, with 45 abstentions, a resolution on Bangladesh, including child marriages.

The text adopted in plenary was tabled by the EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups.

Members recalled that the Government of Bangladesh pledged at the Girl Summit of July 2014 to reduce by one third the number of girls marrying between the ages of 15 and 18 by 2021, to eliminate marriages involving children under 15 by 2021.

Members strongly regretted the adoption of the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 2017 and the loopholes contained in that legislation which provide legal authorisation for child marriage. It called on the Government of Bangladesh to amend the Act so as to close the loopholes and outlaw all marriages involving children.

Lastly, Parliament called on the EU to use all available instruments to support the Government of Bangladesh in respecting its international human rights obligations.

Human rights violations in Bangladesh

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on human rights violations in Bangladesh.

The resolution was tabled by the ECR, ALDE, S&D, EPP, GUE/NGL and Greens/EFA groups.

Labour law: Members called on the Government to ensure the enforcement of labour laws and urged further reform to bring them into line with ILO standards, since the Labour Act of 2013 continued to fall short of international standards with regard to freedom of association. [...]

Draft NGO law: Parliament recalled that the Bangladeshi government had proposed a new draft Foreign Donations Regulation Act that would regulate operations and funding for any group in receipt of foreign funding, and give the NGO Affairs Office within the Prime Minister's Office approval authority over foreign-funded projects. [...]

It also took note of the reform programmes in the garment industry, setting up a regime for the inspection of more than 3 500 garment factories for structural integrity and fire and electrical safety.

Freedom of expression in Bangladesh

The European Parliament adopted by 586 votes to 31, with 25 abstentions, a resolution on freedom of expression in Bangladesh.

The text adopted in plenary was tabled by the EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, GUE/NGL, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups.

Members expressed their deepest concern at the deteriorating climate regarding the right to freedom of expression which has accompanied the rise of religious fundamentalism, intolerance and extremist violence in Bangladesh. They condemned the increasing attacks of Islamist extremists against secularist writers, bloggers, religious minorities and foreign aid workers.

Parliament reminded the competent Bangladesh authorities of their national and international legal obligations, including their responsibility to ensure the security and safety of all citizens, irrespective of their political or religious views, and to guarantee that the freedoms of expression and the press can be exercised without arbitrary limitations and censorship in the country.

Second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse/Sustainability Compact

The European Parliament adopted by 666 votes to 8, with 13 abstentions, a resolution on the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse and progress of the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact.

The text adopted in plenary had been jointly tabled by the EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, GUE/NGL, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups.

On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza, an eight-storey building in Savar, outside Dhaka, housing several garment factories, collapsed, causing the death of over 1100 people and leaving some 2500 people injured. The Rana Plaza building collapse was Bangladesh's worst-ever industrial disaster and the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern history.

Highly concerned by reports that discrimination, dismissals and reprisals have followed newly founded trade unions, Parliament urged the Government of Bangladesh to effectively address unfair labour practices, by implementing the necessary measures to bring those responsible to justice. [...]

State of play of the implementation of the sustainability compact in Bangladesh

The EP adopted a resolution tabled by the Committee on International Trade on the state of play of the implementation of the Sustainability Compact in Bangladesh.

Members stated that the high-quality garment sector is essential for economic and social development in Bangladesh.

Responsible business in Bangladesh: Parliament stated that Bangladesh needs to make sizeable efforts in the long run in order to achieve sustainable and more inclusive economic growth.[...]

Contribution of private-sector initiatives: Parliament called on the international brands and retailers and the Bangladeshi private sector to stay engaged in order to respect the labour laws and implement corporate social responsibility measures.[...]

The EU and the international community - shared responsibility: Members expressed their support for follow-up activities to the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact and the enhanced dialogue of the Commission and the EEAS with Bangladesh on labour and human rights.