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Bangladesh: Prisoners

Volume 477: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Bangladesh about the (a) number and (b) conditions of political prisoners in that country. (209872)

Following the recent arrests throughout the country, the Bangladesh authorities have not released specific information on the number of political prisoners. The UK has consistently called on Bangladesh to ensure respect for fundamental individual rights, due process and judicial independence, consistent with her international obligations. My right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary each emphasised this to Fakruddin Ahmed, Chief Adviser of the Bangladesh caretaker government, in meetings in London and Dhaka earlier this year.