Bangladesh reviewed under the UPR
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 05:14


On the afternoon of 3 February 2009, the Working Group on the UPR examined the human rights situation in Bangladesh. Bangladesh was represented by the Foreign Minister, Ms Dipu Moni. The majority of comments and recommendations were complimentary, with most States congratulating Bangladesh on its success in combating poverty. A small minority of States asked critical questions and made substantive recommendations focusing on the following issues:


  • Violence and discrimination against women and girls, failure to implement existing laws on early and forced marriage and dowry, the need to better meet CEDAW obligations and remove reservations to CEDAW
  • Prevalence of child labour, corporal punishment, criminal responsibility of children, and the lack of implementation of CRC recommendations
  • The newly created National Human Rights Commission and the question of its conformity with Paris Principles, the need to combat culture of impunity, extrajudicial killings, torture and degrading treatment, and to provide law enforcement and judicial officials with advanced human rights training
  • Removing reservations to existing international treaties, acceding to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers, and issuing a standing invitation to special procedures
  • Creating an immediate moratorium on the death penalty in view of abolishing capital punishment
  • Protecting the rights of minority peoples

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