Draft EPZ law withdrawn for review, BD tells EU

Dhaka,  Wed,  28 June 2017
Published : 11 May 2017, 18:55:33 | Updated : 11 May 2017, 19:02:13
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Draft EPZ law withdrawn for review, BD tells EU

Draft EPZ law withdrawn for review, BD tells EU
The draft EPZ Law was withdrawn from the Parliament for further review to be done in consultations with all stakeholders, said Law Minister Anisul Huq during a meeting with a leader of the European Union in Brussels on Wednesday, reports BSS.

He made the claim when the discussion turned to labour rights and freedom of association.

The Bangladesh law minister briefed Vice-Chair of the European Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Christian Dan Preda about the significant development that happened in the areas of human rights and the law and order situation in Bangladesh. He said the present government of Bangladesh had been attaching utmost priority to ensuring rights of the people including women and girls.

Law Minister Anisul Huq and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam met separately with Vice-Chair of the European Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Christian Dan Preda and European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos in Brussels on Wednesday.

During the meetings, the EU leaders expressed EU's readiness to finance projects aimed at skills development and livelihood programme for the returnees from different EU countries, according to a despatch received in Dhaka on Thursday.

State Minister Alam thanked the EU for extending support for electoral reform in Bangladesh to modernise the election process.

The Bangladesh side also briefed them about the formation of the new Election Commission after wide ranging consultations with all stakeholders including opposition parties outside the parliament.

At the meeting with the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, Bangladesh ministers reassured the European Commission that the country is determined to do everything for repatriation of irregular Bangladeshis living anywhere in the world.

Referring to almost 10 million strong skilled and semi-skilled expatriate Bangladeshi workers, Anisul Huq firmly conveyed that Bangladesh always promotes safe, orderly and regular migration.

Referring to the gross violation of human rights of the Muslim population of the Northern Rakhine State in Myanmar, the Bangladesh side sought sustained and strong EU support to resolve the Rohingya refugee issue.

 
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