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Bangladesh: Elections

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister for Local Government (Communities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support democratic processes in Bangladesh to ensure fair and transparent elections in that country.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK continues to supports efforts to build a stable, prosperous and democratic Bangladesh. We engage with the Government of Bangladesh to address the full range of our human rights concerns including freedom of expression. After the elections, the then Minister for Asia and the Pacific made clear our concerns, and deplored acts of intimidation and unlawful violence that had taken place. He reiterated concerns about democratic space during his visit to Dhaka in April, including with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He urged the Government of Bangladesh to engage fully with civil society, opposition parties and the media to address concerns regarding freedom of expression, and he underlined the importance of accountable, democratic institutions to support Bangladesh’s continued development.

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