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Bangladesh: Missing Persons

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 discussions he has had with his Bangladeshi counterpart on enforced disappearances of opposition party members in that country.

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

We continue to stress to the Government of Bangladesh the importance of respect for human rights and the rule of law. Bangladesh remains a Human Rights Priority Country for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and we regularly raise our human rights concerns including enforced disappearances with the Government of Bangladesh. The then Foreign Secretary raised these concerns with Prime Minster Hasina in September 2018. We urge the Government of Bangladesh to engage constructively with opposition parties, civil society and the media to support a stable, democratic and prosperous Bangladesh.

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