Bangladesh deeply committed to human rights, fundamental freedoms: Rabab Fatima

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Desk report, Oct 31: Bangladesh is deeply committed to the principles of human rights and fundamental freedoms, which is reflected in the country’s engagements with the human rights mechanisms of the United Nations, said Ambassador Rabab Fatima.

Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Fatima was speaking at the general debate on the report of the Human Rights Council (HRC) at the General Assembly Thursday.

“As a member of the Human Rights Council, Bangladesh remains actively engaged and committed to the mandate and work of the Council,” Ambassador Fatima added.

She appreciated the efforts of the HRC for keeping the Rohingya issues high on its agenda and for adopting a consensus resolution in its 47th session.

Fatima also acknowledged the role and work of the Special Rapporteur and the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar.

She called upon the Council to continue its efforts to ensure a safe, voluntary and dignified life for the Rohingya, free from discrimination and persecution in their homeland in Myanmar.

Welcoming the adoption of the resolution by the Council to ensure equitable, affordable, timely and universal access to Covid-19 vaccines, Fatima called upon the Council to address the socioeconomic impacts of Covid, including rising inequalities.

She also raised concern as the countries from the developing south are not gaining equitable and timely access to Covid-19 vaccines.

The ambassador stressed ending all discrimination against migrants regardless of their status and ensuring their access to vaccines.

Fatima welcomed the adoption of the resolution on climate change and human rights.

She urged the Council to pay enhanced attention to climate-induced displacement which is a major concern for climate-vulnerable countries including Bangladesh.

The ambassador also expressed concerns about the disproportionate impacts of Covid on women and girls. “We are worried that the closure of schools in many developing countries has increased school dropouts, and placed girls at a higher risk of early marriage, violence and abuse.”

She called for renewed attention of the Council for preserving the progress made in the field of gender equality and women empowerment by fighting the impacts of the pandemic.

The ambassador also urged the Council to promote mutual trust and confidence between its mechanisms and the member states and collaboratively advance human rights compliance.

Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, president of the HRC, presented the report of the Council to the General Assembly.Bangladesh is deeply committed to the principles of human rights and fundamental freedoms, which is reflected in the country’s engagements with the human rights mechanisms of the United Nations, said Ambassador Rabab Fatima.

Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Fatima was speaking at the general debate on the report of the Human Rights Council (HRC) at the General Assembly Thursday.

“As a member of the Human Rights Council, Bangladesh remains actively engaged and committed to the mandate and work of the Council,” Ambassador Fatima added.

She appreciated the efforts of the HRC for keeping the Rohingya issues high on its agenda and for adopting a consensus resolution in its 47th session.

Fatima also acknowledged the role and work of the Special Rapporteur and the Independent Investigative Mechanism on Myanmar.

She called upon the Council to continue its efforts to ensure a safe, voluntary and dignified life for the Rohingya, free from discrimination and persecution in their homeland in Myanmar.

Welcoming the adoption of the resolution by the Council to ensure equitable, affordable, timely and universal access to Covid-19 vaccines, Fatima called upon the Council to address the socioeconomic impacts of Covid, including rising inequalities.

She also raised concern as the countries from the developing south are not gaining equitable and timely access to Covid-19 vaccines.

The ambassador stressed ending all discrimination against migrants regardless of their status and ensuring their access to vaccines.

Fatima welcomed the adoption of the resolution on climate change and human rights.

She urged the Council to pay enhanced attention to climate-induced displacement which is a major concern for climate-vulnerable countries including Bangladesh.

The ambassador also expressed concerns about the disproportionate impacts of Covid on women and girls. “We are worried that the closure of schools in many developing countries has increased school dropouts, and placed girls at a higher risk of early marriage, violence and abuse.”

She called for renewed attention of the Council for preserving the progress made in the field of gender equality and women empowerment by fighting the impacts of the pandemic.

The ambassador also urged the Council to promote mutual trust and confidence between its mechanisms and the member states and collaboratively advance human rights compliance.

Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, president of the HRC, presented the report of the Council to the General Assembly.