EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore visited Bangladesh from 10 to 11 Jun 2019, which is the first ever of a EUSR for Human Rights to Bangladesh, reflects the EU's commitment to engaging with the Government of Bangladesh, and civil society says a media release.
“The international community is grateful for Bangladesh's generous hosting of the Rohingya, and we as the European Union are doing our part to address the crisis. In Dhaka, I have held various meetings devoted to a wide range of human rights issues, including core labour standards, an area in which Bangladesh needs to make urgent progress", said EU Special Representative Gilmore.
Special Representative Gilmore had meetings with Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq, the Acting UN Resident Coordinator and ILO Country Director, UNHCR, IOM, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women Country Directors, as well as with representatives of NGOs and trade unions.
Eamon Gilmore travelled to Cox's Bazar, where he visited the refugee camps, met with members of the Rohingya refugee and local communities, as well as with the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner. Following this visit, Mr Gilmore will travel to Myanmar for discussions with the authorities.
Special Representative Gilmore emphasised the need for the Government of Bangladesh to address the situation on a number of issues, such as inclusiveness of the political process, space for the civil society, freedom of expression and of media, the situation of women, as well as core labour standards.
The European Union is supporting Bangladesh in the important humanitarian mission, at financial and political levels and has mobilised € 104.5 million in financial support for the refugees and host communities in Bangladesh since 2017, added the statement.