Protection of all human rights of utmost importance to Bangladesh: Rabab Fatima

Published : 07 Oct 2020, 12:04

Sahos Desk

At the general debate of the Third Committee of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Bangladesh's Permanent Representative Ambassador Rabab Fatima reiterated Bangladesh's unwavering commitment to promoting and protecting human rights.

In a people-centric and 'whole-of-society' approach, Bangladesh has been supporting and securing all the human rights of its citizens, she said on Monday.

She also shared the substantial progress made by Bangladesh in terms of social growth, human rights, including women's and girls' rights, strengthening institutions and the rule of law, and addressing global challenges such as terrorism and violent extremism, cybercrime, drugs and related crimes.

Ambassador Fatima emphasized the timely and successful steps taken by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 's government to resolve the health risk caused by the pandemic and its imminent effects on ongoing socio-economic activities.

The different reports submitted by the Secretary General to the Committee acknowledged Bangladesh 's achievements in the social sector, as well as addressing the human rights issues of the most vulnerable, she added.

Ambassador Fatima also addressed the issue of the crisis of Rohingya. Reflecting on the Honourable Prime Minister 's call, she called for the help of the Committee to address the crisis.

Expressing concern about the longer-term effect of the pandemic, Ambassador Fatima emphasized the "business as usual" approach and worked together to support efforts to stop a reversal of the development gains made in achieving the SDGs.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Third Committee meetings this year are being held in a very small capacity at the UNHQs.

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