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‘HR violations a tool of propaganda’

Published : 18 Aug 2022 09:53 PM

The ruling Awami League (AL) on Thursday informed the United Nations (UN) that the issue of human rights violation in Bangladesh is being used as a tool of political propaganda by a vested quarter.

The ruling party came up with the statement when a delegation of the Awami League met the visiting UN human rights delegation led by Rory Mungoven, Chief of the UN Human Rights Commission's (OHCHR) Asia-Pacific Region, at a city hotel in capital Dhaka.

The Awami League met the UN delegation a day after the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) met the UN delegation and alleged against various human rights violation by the ruling party and different agencies of the government.

AL Information and Research Affairs Secretary Dr Selim Mahmood and Deputy Minister for Education Barrister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury Nawfel took part in the meeting.

Emerging from the meeting, Mahmood told journalists that they informed the UN delegation that the issue of human rights violation is being used as a tool of political propaganda.

The UN delegation informed AL that many countries across the globe are facing the human rights violation problem, he said, adding that they (UN delegation) expressed interest to work with Bangladesh for protecting human rights here.

UN delegation chief Mangoven praised Bangladesh for progress in education, health and women empowerment, Mahmood added.

It should be mentioned that a BNP delegation on Wednesday met Rory Mungoven, the head of UN Human Rights Commission's (OHCHR) Asia-Pacific section, at a city hotel and discussed the country’s human rights situation.

The four-member BNP delegation, led by the party’s human rights affairs secretary Advocate Asaduzzaman Asad, had around an hour-long meeting starting at 1:30pm with Mungoven at Hotel Intercontinental.

The other members of the delegation are Shyama Obaid, Tabith Awal and Barrister Abrar Ilias.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Asad said they discussed about the human rights situation in Bangladesh at the meeting.

“We have explained the human rights situation in Bangladesh and talked about different incidents of human rights violations that were reported in the media,” he said.