Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan met key representatives from the UK East Midlands Region of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party last week to discuss their concerns about the current political and human rights situation in Bangladesh and for them to present her with a letter.
She met with Mr Shahid Ullah Khan (President), Mr Mohammed Abdul Mazid (General Secretary), Mr Altab Miah Choudhury (Organising Secretary) and Mr S M Abu Taher Chowdhury (Vice Chairman of the UK Bangladesh Nationalist Party) at her constituency office in Loughborough.
In their letter the representatives expressed their concerns about the “harassment, arrest, remand, torture on the opposition leaders and activities, end of suppression on the media and to improve the law and order situation by stopping government patronised violence, murder and abduction.”
The conversation also turned to the Bangladeshi Government, and the group expressed the need for a “revival of the Caretaker Government system in order to ensure that the next election is held under a neutral Government freely and fairly.”
“It was good to meet with the representatives from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party to hear their views. I have discussed Bangladesh, most recently with Foreign Office Minister, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, and with the UK’s High Commissioner in Bangladesh when I visited in June 2013.
“After the meeting last week, I shall be raising the concerns outlined in the letter with the Foreign Secretary as well.”