Bangladesh: Disinformation

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th March 2020.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Bangladeshi counterpart on the conviction of 35-year old Mohammad Monir to seven years in jail under the Information and Communication Technology law for distorting and posting photos of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We are aware of the case of Mohammed Monir. We continue to be concerned by government action against freedom of expression and Bangladesh remains a Human Rights Priority Country for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. We regularly engage with the Bangladeshi Government to address the full range of our human rights concerns, including freedom of expression. We have also made public statements urging the government to engage constructively with civil society and the media to ensure that legislation such as the Digital Security Act is implemented in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Constitution of Bangladesh.

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