Amnesty International visits Bangladesh

Amnesty International delegation at Microfinance Village organization meeting at Tangail, Bangladesh, 6 January 2008

Amnesty International delegation at Microfinance Village organization meeting at Tangail, Bangladesh, 6 January 2008

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An Amnesty International delegation, led by Secretary General Irene Khan, is making a special trip to Bangladesh to discuss human rights issues with members of its government, political parties and civil society.

The mission comes on the eve of the anniversary of 2007's declaration of the state of emergency. It is the first visit of an Amnesty International Secretary General to the country. The spotlight will be on the rule of law, with special focus on the institutional changes necessary to promote and protect human rights in Bangladesh.

Representatives of the delegation will visit Dhaka and Rajshahi and will meet with survivors of human rights violations and members of civil society. They will meet senior members of the caretaker government, including the Chief Adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, the Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, and Adviser of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Barrister Mainul Hosein.

The time of the meeting with General Moeen U Ahmed, the Chief of Army Staff, is still to be confirmed.

Mission highlights:

Saturday 5 January DHAKA

The delegation will meet with NGOs and other members of civil society to discuss the current human rights situation within the country. more

Sunday 6 January RAJSHAHI
The delegation will carry out a field visit to Rajshahi, the scene of anti-government protests in August 2007.

The delegation will visit projects by BRAC (an international development organization) in Tangail and Rajshahi, focusing on their human rights, legal services, microfinance, health, education programmes.
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Hearing about the reality of human rights
Victoria Harrison Neves writes from Bangladesh about her first mission as an Amnesty International press officer – as part of the organization's delegation to the country.


Tuesday 8 January DHAKA
Irene Khan will meet Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury (Adviser on Foreign Affairs).

Irene Khan will deliver the keynote address at the event "Human rights: countering the disappointment of democracy" organized by Daily Star/Prothom Alo. more


Wednesday 9 January DHAKA
Irene Khan will meet Barrister Mainul Hosein (Adviser of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs) and Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed (Chief Advisor of caretaker government).

Irene Khan will launch Amnesty International's new Bangla website during a discussion on freedom of expression. more

Thursday 10 January DHAKA
Irene Khan will hold a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel, Dhaka, to present the findings of her visit. more


Ending the downward spiral in Bangladesh
At the end of Amnesty International's visit to Bangladesh, Irene Khan looks back on what the mission encountered there and what it means for human rights.


About Bangladesh:
Amnesty International calls for thorough unrestricted inquiry into violations by security forces
Fear for safety/torture/prisoner of conscience: Jahangir Alam Akash (m)
Death in custody and reports of torture
Fear of torture/Possible prisoner of conscience: Tasneem Khalil (m)

Further information on fear of torture/Possible prisoner of conscience: Tasneem Khalil (m)

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