Published:  12:56 AM, 17 September 2023

France and Germany issue joint statement on human rights in Bangladesh

France and Germany issue joint statement on human rights in Bangladesh

France and Germany have issued a joint statement on the human rights situation in Bangladesh.

France and Germany are "deeply attached to respect for the rule of law as well as to the democratic acquis in Bangladesh," the statement said. A vibrant civil society is essential to the prosperity of every nation, according to a joint Franco-German statement.

They will continue to support defenders of human rights in Bangladesh, like throughout the world, reads the joint statement. "We regret the Bangladeshi court's decision regarding Adilur Rahman Khan and ASM Nasiruddin Elan," said the statement.

"We have expressed our concern to the authorities on this situation and will maintain our dialogue with them on this case," the joint statement said. The two countries recalled that Adilur Rahman Khan, on behalf of the human rights organization Odhikar, was the 2017 recipient of the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

The European Union and Bangladesh: The EU is broadly supportive of the Bangladesh government's reform agenda and emphasises the need for it to deliver on its promises and ensure compliance with its human rights obligations.
Development assistance:

The main areas where the EU helps Bangladesh are economic development, human rights, good governance and the environment.?Under its?Multiannual Indicative Programme for Bangladesh 2014-2020, the EU has committed aid of up to?€690?million?(without considering Thematic and Regional funds).

Today, by revenue, over?half of Bangladesh's exports go to the EU (55.5% in the first quarter of 2016, according to Bangladesh Bank). This is due largely to the highly advantageous trade terms granted by the EU (the "Everything but Arms" (EBA) scheme).
Bangladesh now enjoys a significant trade surplus with the EU??(Bangladesh-EU trade statistics)

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