European Union parliamentary delegation meeting at BNP Chief’s office
17 February 2015, Nirapad News: A six-member European Union Parliamentary delegation, which was scheduled to hold a meeting with BNP chief Khaleda Zia, arrived at her Gulshan political office on Tuesday evening at 6:40 pm.
The delegation were anticipated to discuss on the overall human rights situation including labour rights, RMG sector, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Rohingya, among other issues. This is the first time the sub-committee is dispatching a team to Bangladesh.
BNP says it has elaborately discussed the country’s present political and human rights situation with the visiting European Parliament’s sub-committee.
“Facts and documents over the country’s prevailing political and human rights situation have been given to the EU team during the meeting to get their attention in favour of our demand,” BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan told after the EU team met BNP chief Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office this evening.
“The EU delegation has been told that we want an immediate general election under a nonpartisan caretaker administration but the government does not pay any heed to the demand,” added Khan, who was present at the meeting. Responding to a query, the BNP policymaker said that the EU team listened to their demands but did not make any comment instantly.
The European Parliament’s sub-committee on human rights along with its newly appointed ambassador to Bangladesh, Pierre Mayaudon, started the hour-long meeting around 6:40 pm.
The team, which reached Dhaka yesterday on a five-day official visit, will monitor humanitarian issues, countrywide violence, extra-judicial killings, and the latest political developments. The EU embassy in Dhaka has also arranged meetings with civil society, media and think tanks for these, a foreign ministry official said. The team will submit a report to the sub-committee after it returns to Brussels.