Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International, is to lead a mission to Bangladesh to discuss human rights issues with members of the government and civil society.
The mission, the first by an Amnesty International Secretary General to the country, comes on the eve of the anniversary of the declaration of the state of emergency and will focus on the rule of law and institutional reform necessary to promote and protect human rights in Bangladesh.
The delegation will visit Dhaka and Rajshahi and will meet with survivors of human rights violations and members of civil society. Amnesty International will be meeting the Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, and Adviser of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Barrister Mainul Hosein. The organization has also requested meetings with the Chief Adviser, Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, the Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Mueen Ahmed, and Chief Justice Ruhul Amin.
Highlights of the visit include:
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.
Sunday 6 January RAJSHAHI
The delegation will carry out a filed visit to Rajshahi.
Monday 7 January DHAKA
The delegation will return to Dhaka from Rajshahi to conduct further meetings
Tuesday 8 January DHAKA
1300 hrs – Irene Khan will meet Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, Adviser on Foreign Affairs.
Wednesday 9 January DHAKA
1430 hrs – Irene Khan will meet Barrister Mainul Hosein, Adviser of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.
Irene Khan will launch Amnesty International’s new Bangla website during a discussion on freedom of expression.
Thursday 10 January DHAKA
Irene Khan will hold a press conference to present the findings of her visit.
NOTE TO PLANNING DESKS AND EDITORS
A detailed itinerary will be circulated next week.
Irene Khan will be available for comment after meetings. She is available for one-to-one interviews. To arrange an interview please contact the delegation’s press office in advance.
Footage and still images will be available.
For more information please call Amnesty International’s press office in London, UK, on +44 20 7413 5566
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