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Beginning in Geneva, a UN review meeting on Bangladesh’s human rights

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The United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review on Bangladesh was underway in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday.

Law minister Anisul Huq was leading the Bangladesh delegation at the review meeting that began at 3:00 pm (Bangladesh time).

Foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the UN Offices in Geneva, Mohammad Sufiur Rahman, among others, are taking part in the meeting.

The law minister in his remarks said that the government maintained a zero-tolerance policy against any human rights violation and highlighted the political space given to the opposition parties.

He also talked about the Rohingya crisis, noting that Bangladesh alone cannot resolve the crisis imposed by Myanmar.

The law minister also highlighted the continued political stability and significant economic development in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s first, second and third UPRs took place in February 2009, April 2013, and May 2018, respectively.

In its submitted national report, Bangladesh said it would continue to strengthen its institutions and measures to promote and protect human rights.

The UPR working group comprises the 47 member states of the Human Rights Council. However, each of the 193 UN member states can participate in a country review.

The documents on which the reviews are based are — national report — information provided by the state under review; information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the special procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; and information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organisations, and civil society groups, according to UN Human Rights Council.

The UPR is a peer review of the human rights records of all 193 UN member states. Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member states have been reviewed thrice.

The UPR is a unique mechanism of the Human Rights Council that calls for each UN member state to undergo a peer review of its human rights records every 4.5 years.

Established in March 2006 by the UN General Assembly in resolution 60/251, the Universal Periodic Review is designed to prompt, support, and expand the promotion and protection of human rights in every country.