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Procedure : 2007/2620(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : B6-0341/2007

Texts tabled :


Debates :

PV 06/09/2007 - 10.2
CRE 06/09/2007 - 10.2

Votes :

PV 06/09/2007 - 11.2
CRE 06/09/2007 - 11.2

Texts adopted :


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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0333/2007
4 September 2007
PE 394.762v0
with request for inclusion in the agenda for the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law
pursuant to Rule 115 of the Rules of Procedure
by Charles Tannock, Nirj Deva, Bernd Posselt, Eija-Riitta Korhola, Geoffrey Van Orden, Thomas Mann
on behalf of the PPE-DE Group
on Bangladesh
NB: This motion for a resolution is available in the original language only.

European Parliament resolution on Bangladesh 

The European Parliament,

-  having regard to its previous resolutions on Bangladesh,

-  having regard to the Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and the People's Republic of Bangladesh on Partnership and Development,

-  having regard to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

-  having regard to the Declaration of 16 January 2007 by the Presidency on behalf of the EU on the recent political developments in Bangladesh,

-  having regard to the statement of 17 July 2007 by the UN Secretary-General on Bangladesh,

-  having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the EU has good, long-standing relations with Bangladesh, including through the Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development,

B.  whereas, on 27 August 2007, the Supreme Court overturned a High Court order for the release on bail of the former Prime Minister and Awami league president Sheikh Hasina, who has been imprisoned since 16 July 2007 under emergency powers,

C.  whereas, in accordance with Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him”,

D.  whereas there are concerns about the state of health of Sigma Huda, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, who was sentenced on 27 August 2007 to three years' imprisonment,

E.  whereas the general elections have been postponed to 2008 by the Caretaker Government,

1.  Is concerned about the arrest of Sheikh Hasina; calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to release Sheikh Hasina on bail so that she can prepare her defence and to respect her right to a fair and impartial trial;

2.  Calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to ensure that Sigma Huda receives all the medical care she needs;

3.  Welcomes the assistance of nine development partners to the Bangladesh Election Commission to prepare the voter list with photographs in order to facilitate preparations for credible parliamentary elections; calls for rapid, free and fair elections conducted in accordance with international standards and with the participation of all parties;

4.  Reminds the Council and the Commission of its request to monitor carefully the human rights situation and political situation in Bangladesh;

5.  Calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to allow access to all Tribunals for International Human Rights organisations, interested parties and international observers such as EU Member State diplomats or the EC delegation staff, to ascertain that proceedings are fair and impartial;

6.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Election Commission and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Last updated: 4 September 2007Legal notice