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Parliamentary questions
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4 July 2016
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-003710/2016

The EU consistently raises human rights concerns with the Government of Bangladesh, including issues pertaining to freedom of expression. Following the November 2015 resolution adopted by the European Parliament, the EU has continued raising these issues in its contacts at different levels.

Following the recent attacks on the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community in Bangladesh, the HR/VP's Spokesperson issued a statement on 16 April 2016, calling on the Government of Bangladesh to ensure freedom of expression as a fundamental human right and the protection and safety of all citizens(1). On 22 May 2016 the EU Heads of Mission in Dhaka discussed the human rights and security concerns with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh and urged the Government to break the cycle of violence by bringing the perpetrators to justice and ensuring the protection of all citizens at risk.

The EU will continue raising human rights issues, including freedom of expression and LGTBI rights, in its regular dialogue with Bangladesh, particularly in the Joint Commission and the Subgroup on Governance and Human Rights.


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