A European Parliamentary delegation on Wednesday hoped that the political environment in Bangladesh would become ‘less confrontational and hostile’ in the coming months with an inclusive election in place.
“We hope all the parties will actually be willing to stand for election to make sure that people of Bangladesh have a real choice at the ballot-box,” said Jean Lambert, the chair of the delegation, at a press conference at the EU office in Dhaka before wrapping up their Bangladesh visit.
Lambert also said: “this is something real important for the people of Bangladesh who deserve that choice.”
The delegation team had a meeting with EC members at the Election Commission and discussed how the next national election can be inclusive, fair and acceptable.
Lambert said they also discussed issues related to budget, capacity building and next election management with the Election Commissioners.
She insists on freedom of press and freedom of assembly what they promote worldwide.
MEPs also met State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda and Commerce Secretary Shubhashish Bose.
BNP leadership greeted and received the European delegation.
They also hoped that the impressive economic growth of Bangladesh and the encouraging progress in the fight against poverty, which have made Bangladesh an important trading partner of the European Union, will continue to achieve more goals.
The MEP’s regretted on the degradation of human rights situation over the past few years including hindrance to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and violence against women.
The European delegation called on Bangladesh government to step up to resolve these concerns and to facilitate the valuable work of civil society in addressing these issues.
The EP delegation paid an official visit to Bangladesh from February 12 to 14.