Bangladesh: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th January 2018.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will stop providing support, aid and training to the security services in Bangladesh in the event that allegations of human rights abuses are substantiated.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

‚ÄčAny defence engagement or security assistance provided in Bangladesh are subject to a rigorous analysis of human rights risks through our Overseas Security and Justice Assessment process. Where credible allegations of human rights violations are made in connection with any UK overseas security assistance, we reserve the right to immediately withdraw support.

I am deeply concerned by allegations of human rights abuses by Bangladeshi law enforcement including extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances. Bangladesh remains a human rights priority country for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and we regularly raise our concerns with the Government of Bangladesh.

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