Bangladesh: Clothing

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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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 representations he has made to his Bangladeshi counterpart on reported protests and clashes between garment factory workers and police forces in that country; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Minister of State

​To date I have not made representations to the Government of Bangladesh regarding protests by garment factory workers or their clashes with police. Officials at our High Commission in Dhaka continue to monitor the situation, and reports of violence are concerning. Bangladesh remains a Human Rights Priority Country for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and freedom of expression, including the freedom of assembly, is a key concern. I raised more general concerns regarding freedom of expression in Bangladesh with Information Minister Tarana Halim on 14 December. The Foreign Secretary raised his concerns regarding freedom of expression with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on 24 September 2018 at the UN General Assembly in New York.

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