‘Misinterpretation’ of Michelle Bachelet’s speech, says UN

Michelle Bachelet, the outgoing head of the United Nations Human Rights Office in Geneva, claimed that her office was being misinterpreted about the lack of Bangladesh context in her speech on August 25.

A press release sent through the United Nations Information Center in Dhaka on Tuesday said, ‘We are sorry for spreading wrong information. You must be aware that the High Commissioner has discussed her concerns about human rights in detail with the government, civil society and other stakeholders and this has been mentioned in her closing remarks.’

As he discussed human rights issues with the government and civil society in detail during his visit to Bangladesh, he discussed global crises such as climate change, food, energy, civil rights and economic conditions in his closing speech on August 25 in Geneva.

It is said that after her visit to Bangladesh on August 17, Michelle Bachelet mentioned the first step in the solution to the human rights problem and said that the United Nations Human Rights Office will always be ready to support the implementation of the recommendations of the High Commissioner for the protection of human rights.

Michelle Bachelet called for the establishment of an impartial and independent investigative agency of international standards to investigate serious allegations of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and torture in Bangladesh at a press conference on August 17 at the Hotel Intercontinental in Dhaka. He said that his office is ready to cooperate with the government on how to build an international quality investigation agency. There is a UN agency dealing with disappearances, they can also be invited.

Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said in a press briefing on Tuesday that the leaders of the opposition parties have no idea about the process in which the United Nations works. They (opposition leaders) are living in a fool’s paradise.

Foreign Ministry Secretary (East) Mashfi Binte Shams and Public Diplomacy Department Director General Tawfiq Hasan were present at the time.

(Dhaka Times/30th August/KM)

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