Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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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 steps he is taking to ensure freedom of movement of opposition leaders in Bangladesh.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

The UK has consistently called for all parties to refrain from confrontational action such as violence, disruption, disproportionate legal action and political harassment. Following his call on the chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party on 30 December, our high commissioner in Dhaka raised concerns about the disproportionate security presence surrounding her residence. This has since been removed. We are following the detention of opposition leaders closely and have urged the Government of Bangladesh to ensure that due process is followed.

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