Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has given the following message on the occasion of the United Nations Human Rights Day :
”On the auspicious occasion of the United Nations Human Rights Day, Bangladesh joins the international community in reiterating its unequivocal commitment to uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms of all, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, we celebrate the Human Rights Day in the aftermath of Bangladesh’s election to the UN Human Rights Council for the third term.
Drawing inspiration from Bangladesh’s Constitutional obligations, our government continues to work towards upholding the fundamental rights and freedoms of our citizens, especially women and children, religious and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and people living in extreme poverty. During the last six years, we have relentlessly strived to realise their human rights and social progress in larger freedoms.
To this effect, our government has undertaken broad-based legal and institutional reforms. We have also strengthened our relevant institutions, including the National Human Rights Commission, for promoting and protecting the human rights of our people.
We have made significant strides in securing the rights, dignity and well-being of the poor and the marginalised people. To commensurate with our Vision 2021 and Vision 2041, we remain committed to combating poverty, deprivation and social exclusion.
We remain in the forefront of the global movement to end the culture of impunity for crimes against humanity, genocides and war crimes committed anywhere around the world. With the overwhelming support of our people, we have lived up to our commitment to ensure justice for the victims of the heinous crimes against humanity and genocide committed during our Liberation War in 1971.
In the same spirit, we condemn human rights violation anywhere in the world as we did in the wake of the unjust and deadly military offensive in the Gaza Strip this year. Our cabinet and parliament adopted resolutions condemning the heinous attacks on innocent Palestines, including women and children.
As a state party to all major human rights instruments, and a newly-elected member of the Human Rights Council, Bangladesh renews its pledges to resolutely work towards further strengthening our national human rights regime and meaningfully engage with the international community to develop human rights standards that have universal resonance and time-tested relevance.