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Thursday, 15 November 2018 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

The human rights situation in Bangladesh

  Soraya Post, author. – Mr President, we in the EU must remind Bangladesh of its international human rights obligations. There is a visible increase in attacks on, and arrests of, journalists, students, human rights defenders and members of the political opposition. This crackdown on civil society must stop. Bangladesh must safeguard media freedom and freedom of expression and release all activists, journalists and students. The rates of early marriage are still alarmingly high in Bangladesh. It has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Bangladesh has to ensure that the minimum age of marriage for women is 18, without exceptions. I also urge the Government of Bangladesh not to return thousands of Rohingyas living in the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar to Myanmar against their will and in spite of objections by the UN.

Last updated: 26 November 2018Legal notice