UK Trained RAB on Human Rights: Envoy
Tuesday, 08 February 2011

The British high commissioner says his government trained Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel to help them understand and respect human rights.

"The UK training to RAB was aimed to improve compliance with human rights and is beneficial to Bangladesh," Stephen Evans said in Dhaka on Tuesday.

The envoy spoke at the certificate awards ceremony of a journalists training on diplomatic issues and foreign affairs in the capital.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did not reveal any new information on RAB, he said. "That was in the public domain."

Evans added that prime minister Sheikh Hasina's UK visit turned out to be 'very fruitful' due to the success of the meetings with the British prime minister, the deputy prime minister, foreign and home secretaries.

"One of the key issues in the meeting between the prime ministers was the development of Bangladesh," he said.

Talking about the single culture policy of the UK, he said his government did not shift from its core policy of being 'open, fair and tolerant.'

"A vast majority of the Bangladeshi community in the UK are British nationals and they act as bridge between the two societies," he said.

"We have the first British parliament members of Bangladeshi origin."

Bangladesh has free and vibrant media and the press should be more developed, he said.

"There may sometimes be inaccurate stories published in the newspapers but the intention is to present accurate reports," he said.

The Bangladesh government is playing an important role at the regional and international level and the press should be developed to cover the events, he added.

Altogether 19 journalists attended the training programme organised by DCAB and MRDI, in association with the British High Commission.


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