UPR hearing on BD: Polls, law enforcement, cyber security act, Khaleda issues raised

Bangladesh was praised by over 90 per cent of the 111 countries in the Universal Periodical Review (UPR) held at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva on Monday.

Law Minister Annisul Huq, who led the Bangladesh delegation in the UPR hearing on Bangladesh, said this during a briefing held on a virtual platform.

He said that issues related to elections, law enforcement, and the imprisonment of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia were raised by a few countries.

“Some countries raised the issue of the Digital Security Act, but I told them that the Act was repealed and was replaced by a new act called the Cyber Security Act,” the law minister said.

“But after I explained the government’s positions on these issues, none of them raised further questions.”

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen were also present at the briefing.

The law minister said that the UK, Canada, and Belgium raised these issues.

Bangladesh was highly praised for its socio-economic development and for sheltering over one million Rohingya refugees, he added.

The law minister said that the UPR recommendations would be available on Wednesday.

Shahriar Alam said that if one goes through the UPR documents, he can see that the countries that were critical of Bangladesh faced more criticism about the HR situation in their countries.

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