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Bangladesh: Human Rights

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

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Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Labour, Scunthorpe

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Bangladesh on the detention without trial of former Bangladesh Prime Minister Mr. Moudud Ahmed; and if he will make a statement.

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

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not made any representations to the Government of Bangladesh on this case. Mr. Ahmed is currently in detention pending a procedural court ruling in relation to the charges laid against him on 16 September 2007 by the Anti-Corruption Commission of Bangladesh.

We welcome the recent separation of the Judiciary and the Executive in Bangladesh, and continue to urge the Caretaker government, the army and law enforcement agencies to act impartially and proportionately, with respect for human rights and the rule of law.

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