UN High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern about Bangladesh

Volker Türk, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, at the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council shared concerns about 40 countries across the globe with serious human rights issues. Bangladesh was one of them.

Regarding Bangladesh, the UN human rights chief said, “In Bangladesh, I regret the increasing incidence of political violence, coupled with arbitrary arrests of political activists, and ongoing harassment of human rights defenders and media personnel in the build up to the elections this year. Following lengthy consultations with my Office on the Digital Security Act, I urge that it be amended, as criminal sentences continue to be handed down against those exercising their rights to free expression and belief.” (OHCHR, March 7, 2023).