The visiting delegation of the European Parliament (EP) on Wednesday met chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Mizanur Rahman and inquired about government steps in protecting bloggers or freethinkers.
After the meeting, Rahman said the delegation members wanted to know about the slain bloggers and inquired about the steps taken by the government in this regard.
“They also wanted to know whether any threat to bloggers still exists in the country,” said the NHRC chairman.
The issues of workers’ rights, war crimes tribunal and execution of death penalty were also discussed.
The NHRC chief briefed the delegation about the overall human rights situation in the country.
The EP delegation, led by Jean Lambert (Green Party), chair of the delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia, arrived in Dhaka early Wednesday to discuss various issues with the interlocutors that include politics, freedom of expression, labour rights and human rights.
European Union (EU) ambassador in Dhaka Pierre Mayaudon and other members of the delegation — Richard Howitt (Labour Party), vice-chair, delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia, Ivan Štefanec (Christian Democrats), member, Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection and Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia and Sajjad Karim (United Kingdom Conservative Party), Committee on International Trade—were also present at the meeting.
The EP delegation will meet the press before wrapping their visit on Friday. – UNB