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Thursday, 15 November 2018 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

The human rights situation in Bangladesh
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  Josef Weidenholzer (S&D). – Mr President, the situation in Bangladesh is very worrying. The country is facing growing repression against civil society, political activists and human rights defenders. There are reports of extrajudicial executions, mass arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances. Press freedom is under attack and bloggers are increasingly intimidated. General elections are due by the end of this year, but freedom of expression, which is a prerequisite for fair elections, does not exist. The Opposition is fundamentally constrained and its leader, Khaleda Zia, has been barred from contesting these elections and sentenced on politically motivated charges.

The forthcoming elections set the country at a crossroads. This is a last chance: either return to democracy and the rule of law, or slip into lawlessness and chaos. Europe will be faced with the consequences if this happens. I appeal to the authorities to establish conditions where people can freely speak out and can prepare for fair elections.

 
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