Published:  04:46 AM, 11 June 2019

Digital Security Act not for curbing press freedom: Anisul

EU concerned over Khaleda jailing

Digital Security Act not for curbing press freedom: Anisul Law Minister Anisul Huq on Monday met visiting European Union Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore. -PID

Law Minister Anisul Huq on Monday told visiting European Union Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore that the government has enacted the Digital Security Act to deal with cybercrimes, not to suppress press freedom.

"We've elaborately talked about the overall Rohingya situation. We've also discussed some other issues as he (EU representative) talked about the Digital Security Act... I clearly told him that the law has been enacted to ensure cyber security and prevent cybercrimes, not to curb the freedom of press or the freedom of speech," he said.

The minister was talking to reporters after a meeting with a European Union delegation on Human Rights, which was led by EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore, at his personal office in the city's Gulshan area.Anisul said they also discussed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's imprisonment issue, reports UNB.

"I told him that the court of Bangladesh sentenced Khaleda as per the law, and the High Court later extended the punishment. She has been in jail as she was convicted by the court and the government has nothing to do with it."He also said the government has no role in keeping her in or releasing from jail since she is convicted for embezzling the money of orphans.

The minister said he urged the EU special representative to talk to Myanmar authorities to take their citizens back as the delegation is also scheduled to visit Myanmar.He said they also discussed prompt trial in the Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case. "I conveyed him the progress we've so far made in the case. I also told him that a process is on to dispose of the case as early as possible following the due legal procedures."

Gilmore said Bangladesh showed its immense generosity by receiving and sheltering a huge number of Rohingya people in its territory.He also mentioned that Bangladeshi products' duty-free access to EU countries under the Everything but Arms (EBA) scheme will be discussed in new EU parliament.

The EU special representative is scheduled to visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar today (Tuesday).Special Envoy of the European Union Human Rights Eamon Gilmore has expressed his concern over the imprisonment of opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia.

She has been sentenced to prison by the Supreme Court of Bangladesh for graft involving the Zia Orphanage Trust, a case filed by the military-backed caretaker government in 2007.Gilmore said he will not make comment on whether the court or judicial process is right or wrong, reports

"The concern is first of all in the context of the overall political environment in the country. She is a woman of advancing years and there are health issues and there are always humanitarian dimension of issues that we talked about," he said after his meeting with Law Minister Anisul Huq.


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