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Bangladesh: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th January 2008.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the imprisonment of three professors at Dhaka University in Bangladesh for two years for taking part in protests which contravened the emergency rule of the government of Bangladesh; and what assessment he has made of such reports.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

On 22 January 2008, three teachers from Dhaka university were sentenced to two years' imprisonment for taking part in protests that contravened the emergency rules. On the same day, the teachers were released following a Presidential decree of clemency. Throughout our engagement with the caretaker Government, we have consistently emphasised that, in creating the conditions for credible elections and sustainable democracy, it is necessary to retain respect for individuals' rights and democratic and judicial processes.

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