Human Rights in Bangladesh: Shaping the Future of Diplomacy

Human Rights in Bangladesh: Shaping the Future of Diplomacy

The LCHR presents a roundtable to discuss human rights in Bangladesh and the future of the UK's diplomatic relationship.

About this Event

Join the Labour Campaign for Human Rights for the launch of its latest briefing, 'Britain and Bangladesh'.

The Briefing

The briefing contains a detailed study of Britain’s relationship with Bangladesh from the perspective of human rights.

It looks at trade, including arms sales and the textiles industry, aid, including micro-financing, human rights abuses by the Bangladesh government, the Rohingya crisis, climate change and more.

It concludes with a set of recommendations that we hope will shape Labour Party policy towards Bangladesh.

You can read a full copy of the briefing here

The Event

We have an expert panel of speakers for the event including:

  • Murad Qureshi - is the Chair of the Stop the War Coalition, Board Member of BRAC UK, and former Labour Member of the Greater London Assembly

  • Mabrur Ahmed - is Co-Founder and Director of Restless Beings, an international human rights charity working on child rights, refugee rights, and women’s rights

  • Dr Halima Begum - is a Social policy and aid expert, former First Secretary and Education Adviser, FCO/DFID Bangladesh

  • Dr Rumana Hasem - is a Political Sociologist and Bangladeshi-born activist at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. She is the founder of Phulbari Solidarity Group and Community Women Against Abuse.

  • David Bergman - is a London-based journalist who until recently lived in Bangladesh, working for various national and international media. In 2017, he wrote two Human Rights Watch reports on Freedom of Expression and Enforced Disappearances in Bangladesh. Before that he set up and ran the Centre for Corporate Accountability, and worked as a TV producer at Twenty Twenty Television.

Also speaking:

  • Rupa Huq MP - is the MP for Ealing Central and Acton

  • Sofia Karim and Dr Quazi Karim - niece and sister of the award-winning photojournalist and a TIME Person of the Year 2018, Shahidul Alam

Our aim is to have an open discussion about the UK’s relationship with Bangladesh. We do not propose to be experts in the subject and we see the briefing as the start of a conversation, rather than any conclusive statement on the issues that arise.

We are simply seeking to ask the question: 'How can Britain best use its relationship with Bangladesh to promote human rights?'.

The Labour Campaign for Human Rights

The Labour Campaign for Human Rights is a campaign group that seeks to promote and protect human rights within the Labour movement, in the UK and beyond.

Our latest campaign, Britain and Her Allies, looks at how the UK can put human rights at the heart of its foreign policy. We have recently been looking at Britain's relationship with Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh.

We are also running a domestic campaign: the Campaign for Social Rights in which we are lobbying for the next Labour government to introduce a Social Rights Act, enshrining our internationally-recognised rights to food, housing, education, health and work into law.

Please note, due to the size of the room, this event may quickly reach capacity, please ensure to RSVP early to guarantee your seat.


February 04, 2020 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster, SW1A 0AA


Matthew Turner ·